Xiamen Air has consistently been awarded 'The Best Airline in Mainland China’. The airline based in Xiamen, operates domestic and international routes, operating 130 B737NG aircraft, 8 B787-800/900s, and 4 B757s, with exciting fleet expansion plans. Its majority shareholder is China Southern Airlines, and it is a member of SkyTeam.
The city of Xiamen on China's southeast coast is ranked as one of the countries most desirable cities to live in. With a population of 3.5 million, Xiamen is known for its Hokkien culture, colonial architecture, manicured parks and tree-lined beaches. The climate is a huge draw for most, with a monsoon subtropical climate, the summers are hot and humid and the winters mild. Temperatures in winter averaging 17°C (62°F) and in the summer 32°C (89°F).
Expatriates moving to Xiamen will find the city modern with excellent facilities and infrastructure. The city is served by Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport, which is only a twenty-minute taxi ride from downtown. There are flights to every part of China from here, as well as international connections. Getting about is easy and there’s plenty of choice: buses, inexpensive taxis and a ferry service.
Apartment living is the most popular with expatriates in Xiamen. Budget options are getting a studio or sharing an apartment. You can rent a furnished studio apartment for US$350-$600 or a larger furnished apartment for US$600-$1000 depending on the location. A sea-view two-bedroom apartment can be yours from about US$850 a month while rent in central commercial areas for this size of an apartment will be higher. If are looking for something larger for your family, a villa could be a good option with the rent is likely to be upwards from US$2000 a month.
There are plenty of amazing sites to explore on your days off in Xiamen. Gulangyu islet, arguably the city’s most famous attraction, draws visitors who come to experience the recently named UNESCO World Heritage Site for its historical buildings, ranging from former European consulates to Chinese-inspired Art Deco mansions.
Back on the mainland, you could take an early morning visit to the Eighth Market, the city’s largest and oldest open-air bazaar. Among fresh vegetables and fresh fish, you’ll find street food like the local breakfast of steamed wheat bread stuffed with crunchy peanuts and coconut tarts. You can walk along the Railway Cultural Park, a nearly three-mile, rails-to-trail project that stretches from the waterfront through the residential old town, and features a tunnel fitted with displays on the history of Chinese railways. Or just relaxing on one of Xiamen’s beautiful white sand beaches is always an option.
Rishworth Aviation has a dedicated team who speak both English and Chinese based in China and at head office in Auckland, New Zealand to assist you during the application, screening and start of contract process and in adapting to working and living in China. We are there to facilitate communications with Xiamen Airlines, and ensure everything goes as smoothly as possible for you during your time on contract with us.
Jack Jiang - South China Representative / Pilot Support
Hello, I am Rishworth Aviation's South China Representative. Based in Guangzhou, I was born in Guizhou province before moving to Zhuhai, Guangdong province. I am a graduate of Haerbin University of Science & Technology with a degree in Business Administration. I have a background in Human Resources and Customer Service and enjoy helping our client Airlines and Pilots during the screening and joining process and adapting to work and life in China. Together with our team in China and New Zealand, I look forward to working with you and providing the best possible assistance and support.
Angela Li - North China Representative / Pilot Support
I am Rishworth Aviation's Beijing-based representative, assisting our client Airlines and Pilots throughout mainland China. Born and raised in China, I am fluent in both Chinese and English. I have completed a Bachelor degree at the National Academy of Chinese Theater Arts majoring in International Cultural Communication. Having joined Rishworth Aviation in 2014 it is my passion to assist others in realising their career goals, and I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you in your new role.
Cynthia Wilson - Lead Consultant
I am based at Rishworth Aviation's Auckland office and was born in China, however, moved to New Zealand many years ago. I hold a Bachelor degree from the University of Auckland majoring in International Business and Marketing. I previously worked as a Legal Executive for an Auckland law firm. I enjoy dealing with people from different cultures and finding the right job for expatriate pilots.
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Duke Du - Recruitment Consultant
As part of the North East Asia recruitment team based in Auckland New Zealand, my focus is to help pilots from around the globe with job opportunities at airlines in China. I have worked in legal and operations roles in China, Tibet, Hong Kong and the USA, holding an LLB from China and an LLM degree from the U.K. It is rewarding to see that I can apply my knowledge and experiences to the aviation industry and help pilots to achieve their career goals. In my spare time, I love fishing, cooking & exploring New Zealand.
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Liz Loveridge - Regional Director - North East Asia
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