Xiamen Air (pronounced Shiamen) prouds itself as the airline with a smile (and a lot of blue design) operating from the Chinese hub of – you guessed it Xiamen. I flew two segments from Hong Kong to Xiamen and on to Nanning.
The airline runs a short haul fleet of Boeing 737s that have seen better days. The inside and outside is clearly worn. It’s kind of like flying on Skyteam partner Delta in the US. Indeed the airline staff seems exceedingly friendly though English isn’t spoken by most. For my flights the passengers clearly were the main offenders with a raucous, loud and disrespectful behavior – I was feeling bad for the flight attendants to work through that every day.
Both flights were rather uneventful despite a good number of thunderstorms throwing huge lightning left and right of our plane during the cruise. The Xiamen Domestic terminal is rather miserable affair – the airport is old, the air conditioning barely works and the food options and lounges are several limited. Let’s hope it switches to a new terminal soon.
I can’t say anything negative about the airline though – for two short-haul Economy flights it all seemed pretty good.