China Eastern business booms with new ‘boomerang’ routes
China Eastern Airlines (CEA) business is booming with major new flight announcements heralding the brand’s commitment to the Australian market. The announcements coincide with the airlines 60th anniversary and 20 successful years of non-stop flights between Australia and China.
CEA will serve six mainland China cities from Sydney – Shanghai, Hangzhou, Beijing, Kunming, Nanjing and Wuhan – by the end of January 2017, operating 58 flights weekly between the two countries. The rapid growth will see the introduction of new Boeing 777-300ERs added to the Australian market.
Another Australian first, CEA will launch direct services from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou in November 2016. The Melbourne to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from November 2016 to February 2017. December 2016 will see the introduction of Brisbane to Shanghai flights, four times weekly, with an increase to daily flights between January and February 2017. The Sydney to Shanghai service will increase to double daily flights from mid-December to February 2017. Sydney to Beijing services (codeshare with Qantas) will commence in January 2017, along with the launch of a new Sydney to Wuhan route the same month.
The new Boeing 777-300ER will feature on the Shanghai services from Melbourne and Sydney in 2016, offering a three-class configuration with a total seating capacity of 316 seats. The aircraft is outfitted with six first-class open suites, 52 flatbed business class seats and 258 standard economy seats. All seats across each class on flights from Australia to China are equipped with personal TV, Wi-Fi and AC power ports.
The CEA flagship lounge in Shanghai Pudong International Airport offers first and business class guests exclusive access, along with complimentary Wi-Fi, traditional gourmet Shanghai cuisine and shower rooms. In Sydney, first and business class travellers will have access to the SkyTeam Alliance lounge, while in Melbourne and Brisbane, travellers will use the Qantas lounge.
CEA continues to consolidate its reputation as a global connector for business savvy travellers. The airline offers world-class service, the latest technology and amenities on-board the Boeing 777-300ER and visa-free transit valid for 144 hours for Australian passport holders who hold an onward ticket, transiting in Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. In addition, corporate business and first class guests can enjoy complimentary airport limousine pick-up services in Shanghai and Australia.