Seattle - XiamenAir has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8, which is also the 200th MAX 8 delivered by the American aircraft manufacturer.

The Chinese carrier based at Xiamen-Gaoqi Airport, formerly Xiamen Airlines, received the first of the twenty 737 MAX 8 ordered on May 22 in Seattle.

The inclusion of the first Boeing 737 MAX in our fleet is an important milestone for Xiamen Airlines as we execute our development strategy,
said XiamenAir President Che Shanglun in a statement.

We plan to expand our fleet to 568 aircraft by 2035, and evolve into a world-class airline serving the world,
he added.

XiamenAir is expected to receive 10, 737 MAX 10 from 2019.

Founded in 1984, the SkyTeam alliance company began operations with two leased 737 serving three cities. Today, the Chinese airline operates 400 lines across China, Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania.

In addition to its rapid growth, XiamenAir achieved 31 consecutive years of profitability with an all-Boeing fleet.