During a press conference in Shenzhen, China today, the Port of Seattle, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce announced that the new will commence on September 26.
According to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac), the new service to Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport complements strong business and community ties between Seattle and Shenzhen, one of China’s largest cities.
The announcement was made on 'Seattle Day', a celebration of the strong business relationships between the two cities during the Chamber’s International Leadership Mission.
Seattle Day was started in Shenzhen in 2014 and was followed by 'Shenzhen Day' in Seattle last year.
“Services between the two leading technology centers of Shenzhen and Seattle is a very important addition to the Port of Seattle's direct flights throughout Asia," enthuses Port of Seattle commissioner, Fred Felleman.
"We value Xiamen Airlines commitment to connecting our region’s leisure and business travelers to new opportunities with state of the art Boeing 787 airplanes. Our goal of being a world-class international airport not only refers to customer service but also reaching new and diverse parts of the world."
The aircraft route will begin in the city of Xiamen (headquarters to Xiamen Airlines), then shuttle to Shenzhen before making the non-stop flight to Seattle.
Xiamen Airlines, who operates the largest all-Boeing fleet in China, will serve the route three times per week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) with B787-8 aircraft.
The Seattle delegation’s visit to Shenzhen is the third International Leadership Mission trip to China organized by the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce and the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle.
This year’s trip provides the 62-member delegation the opportunity to foster stronger, deeper relationships and lasting connections with key leaders and businesses in China for the betterment of the Seattle region’s economy.