China Eastern Airlines increases flights between Australia and China

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China Eastern Airlines (CEA) has made announcements about extended services and new direct flights from Australia to major Chinese cities. The new services could be a potential game-changer to the Australian market because they will introduce a new Boeing 777-300ER in the Australian market and direct services from Sydney to Kunming and Hangzhou for the first time!

The announcements came on Friday, November 23, the same day that marked the company’s 60th anniversary and 20 years of non-stop services between Australia and China.

According to the new announcements, the CEA will extend their Shanghai and Beijing services and will operate direct flights from Sydney to six mainland China cities – Beijing, Kunming, Shanghai, Wuhan, Nanjing, and Hangzhou. By the end of January 2017, 58 weekly flights will be operated between the two countries.

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The new Boeing 777-300ER will start its operation from Melbourne and Sydney to Shanghai in this year. Accommodating a total 316 passengers, the aircraft features 258 economy seats, 52 business class seats, and 6 first class suites. All the passengers will have access to AC power ports, Wi-Fi, and personal TV.

The first and business class guests will enjoy exclusive access to the SkyTeam Alliance lounge in Sydney and the luxurious Qantas lounge in Brisbane and Melbourne. The guests will enjoy the airline’s flagship facilities in Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Besides, the guests can opt for complimentary airport limousine pick-up services in Australian destinations and Shanghai.

The General Manager Oceania of China Eastern Airlines, Kathy Zhang, said that they stepped up their game to serve the growing number of Chinese visitors to Australia. The additional flights will add 3,003 seats per week so that the travellers can easily fly between the two countries.

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Ms Zhang described the new services as the testimony of their unequivocal commitment to increase Australia’s tourism footprint and local visitor expenditure.

The CEA has already earned a good name among business savvy travellers for its world-class service and first-class on-board amenities. The new services are likely to make them even more popular among travellers.

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