XIAMEN, CHINA — On December 31, 2022, the all-Boeing operator Xiamen Air took delivery of its first Airbus aircraft, an A321neo. The Chinese carrier had placed an order for 40 A320neo family jets in September 2022.

Xiamen's new narrow-body jet, with registration B-32CU, was delivered from Airbus' FAL (Final Assembly Line) in Hamburg, Germany.

The aircraft left Hamburg Finkenwerder Airport (XFW) on December 31, 2022, and made a stopover at Tashkent International Airport (TAS) in Uzbekistan before arriving at Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN) on January 1, 2023.

Before the arrival of the first Airbus jetliner, Xiamen Air was an all-Boeing operator with 182 Boeing jets in the fleet, including 28 Boeing 737 MAX 8s, 142 previous generation Boeing 737s, and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. According to the American planemaker's backlog, another 25 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft intended for Xiamen Air are awaiting delivery.

In the coming years, Xiamen Air will add 25 A320neo and 14 A321neo jets to its fleet.

In November 2022, Airbus began assembling A321s at its Final Assembly Line in Tianjin, China. The addition of production capacity will improve Airbus's ability to deliver its most popular aircraft to local customers in China and enhance its global production rate.

The European planemaker plans to produce 75 A320 family aircraft per month globally by 2025.