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Xiamen Airlines Inaugurates Direct Flight to Penang with ADS as Official Ground Handler

October 12, 2023 0Events

In a significant milestone for travelers and aviation enthusiasts, Xiamen Airlines has proudly launched its direct flight service from Xiamen, China to Penang, Malaysia. The commencement of this route marks a remarkable moment as the first direct connection between the two cities since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.

On 28th September 2023, Flight MF8705 embarked on its maiden journey, departing from Xiamen (XMN), and gracefully landed at Penang International Airport (PEN), well ahead of its scheduled arrival time.

This inaugural flight, operated by the Boeing 737-800, symbolizes a significant step towards revitalizing international travel. The service operates three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays, with passengers arriving at Penang International Airport at approximately 6:30 PM and departing at 7:30 PM.

AeroDarat Services Sdn. Bhd. (ADS), the leading ground handling company for Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and 16 other airports across the country, is pleased to unveil its collaboration with Xiamen Airlines as a reliable provider of ground handling services at PEN.

The arrival of the Xiamen Airlines flight was met with a grand ‘Water Salute’ by the Penang Airport Authority and AFRS, an act symbolizing a warm welcome and blessings for safe travels. The event was graced by VIPs from the Penang State Government and the China Embassy in Penang, who joined in welcoming the passengers. The inbound flight from Xiamen carried a total of 159 passengers, while the return flight to Xiamen saw 106 passengers from Penang. As international travel resumes its upward trajectory, this new direct flight connection between Xiamen and Penang promises exciting opportunities for travelers and further enhances Penang’s status as a sought-after destination.

ADS, the major ground handling service company in PEN takes great pride in being chosen as the official ground handler for Xiamen Airlines. This partnership is a significant achievement and underscores the company’s commitment to delivering top-notch ground handling services. We remain committed to fostering strong relationships with our partners, offering them the highest level of service and support.


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