Xiamen Airlines flew its first flight on Airbus A321neo on February 11. To celebrate the inaugural flight, the airline held a themed event where passengers were met with celebratory activities at the terminal at Xiamen Gaoqi Airport. The check-in counters were also themed and the flight attendants performed a flash dance at the boarding gate.
The passengers were in for a treat onboard, they were treated with flight cake made with chocolate sculpture. The A321neo was surrounded by flowers at the top of the cake and was placed as if it was flying high into the sky.
The passengers were also treated with exquisite meals and beverages.
Commenting on the celebration, Zhao Dong, Chairman and Party Secretary, Xiamen Airlines said: “As early as the flight sales stage, this maiden flight has gained the favour and expectation of passengers and friends, and the flight sales speed and passenger load factor have reached popularity.”
Flight attendants presented passengers with inaugural flight certificates and commemorative cards inspired by the A321neo including unique collectibles from the airline, souvenirs and other gifts.
The Xiamen A321neo boasts of Airbus Cabin Flex configuration that provides comfortable and spacious cabin experience, according to Airbus.
The aircraft has 208-seat configuration with eight business class and 200-economy class configuration. According to the airline, all seats are ergonomic and comfortable.
The cabin also features large overhead bins providing 40-60%, extra space allowing passengers to travel without any worry of having to gate-check their bags. The airline said the plane is also equipped with a domestic in-flight entertainment system.
The aircraft is equipped with CFM’s LEAP-1A engines that reduce fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions by 20% during operation and reduce noise by 50%, creating a low-carbon, quiet flying experience, the airline said in a statement.
Interestingly this is the first Airbus aircraft owned by Xiamen airlines which operates an all-Boeing fleet. Last year, Xiamen announced a large order for Airbus A320neos and A321neos.