China-based Xiamen Airlines is to launch the first service between Xiamen and Shenzhen with Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, US, in September.

The proposed service expects to harmonise business and community ties between Seattle and Shenzhen, one of China’s largest cities.

The new route will start in Xiamen city, the headquarters of Xiamen Airlines, and will travel to Shenzhen before a nonstop flight to Seattle.

Xiamen Airlines currently operates an all-Boeing fleet in China and expects to serve the new route three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays with 787-8 jet.

Port of Seattle commissioner Fred Felleman said: "Service between the two leading technology centres of Shenzhen and Seattle is a very important addition to the Port of Seattle’s direct flights throughout Asia.

"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."

"We value Xiamen Airlines commitment to connecting our region’s leisure and business travellers to new opportunities with state of the art Boeing 787 airplanes.

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"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."

Operated by the Port of Seattle, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport served around 42.3 million passengers and over 332,000t of air cargo last year.

The airport currently hosts 22 airlines serving 87 non-stop domestic destinations and 21 international cities from the airport.

Established in 1984, Xiamen Airlines operates a fleet of 153 aircraft, which is claimed to be the biggest all-Boeing fleet in China.

With more than 320 routes in operation, the airline currently serves both domestic and international flight network reaching Asia, Europe and Oceania.

Image: Members of the Port of Seattle, the City of Seattle and the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce during a press conference in Shenzhen, China. Photo: courtesy of Port of Seattle.