China Eastern to launch Shanghai-Marseille route

Subsidiary Shanghai Airlines to operate thrice weekly flights on the new service

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China Eastern Airlines will launch a new direct flight between Shanghai and Marseille, France from 2 July, operated by Shanghai Airlines (a subsidiary of China Eastern).

Operating there times a week on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, the estimated flight time is around 12 hours, and provides a new route to France for the Oceania region.

Marseille is France’s second-largest city and the biggest port in southern Europe. In 1987, Shanghai and Marseille became sister cities.

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This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and France, as well as the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism. From 28 July to 8 August 2024, Marseille will host sailing events of the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.

The launch of the Shanghai-Marseille flight will establish the first direct air corridor between the city pairs. China Eastern Airlines will also become the first airline to operate on this route.

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