Chinese carrier Xiamen Airlines and Dutch airline KLM have added yet more routes to their existing codeshare agreement, enabling Xiamen Airlines passengers to more easily connect to KLM flights between Amsterdam and China, Brazil and South Africa.
From October 29 onwards, Xiamen Airlines will be placing its code on KLM’s Amsterdam flights to Chengdu and Hangzhou in China, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, and Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo in Brazil.
What this means for travellers is that those booking through Xiamen Airlines will now be able to book the above KLM flights as part of their itinerary as though they were booking a flight operated by Xiamen Airlines. These new routes add to those already part of the two airlines’ existing codeshare agreement.
It’s worth noting that Xiamen Airlines’ own service to Amsterdam from Xiamen – its inaugural continental route that it launched in 2015 – is already part of the two Skyteam alliance carriers’ codeshare agreement.
KLM has also been looking to attract travellers from China and in August began accepting payments made using WeChat Pay, a payment system integrated into China’s popular WeChat messaging and social media app that currently has some 600 million users.
KLM currently flies to five cities in China, including Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai and Xiamen.