China Eastern’s flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai will get a welcome boost over the busy summer travel season, with 11 extra flights per week between Australia and China’s business capital.
The additional flights will run from November 30 2014 until March 9 2015, offering residents in both cities the choice of a daytime or an evening flight to Shanghai.
From Sydney, MU736 is wheels-up at 9:30pm six days a week (excludes Thursday), touching down at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport at 5am the following morning.
On the return, MU735 takes to the skies at 11:55pm most days (excludes Wednesday) for a 1:55pm landing into Sydney one calendar day later.
It’s a similar story down in Melbourne, with MU740 pushing back at 10:30pm five days per week (excludes Wednesday and Friday), reaching the gate in Shanghai at 6:05am the next day.
For Victorians heading home, MU739 takes off alongside the Sydney-bound flight at 11:55pm for a similarly-timed arrival at 1:40pm into Melbourne – except on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
These peak-season flights can now be booked through the China Eastern website:
As with the airline’s existing flights to Sydney and Melbourne, business travellers can book either business class or economy on a twin-aisle Airbus A330-200.
Qantas codeshares on China Eastern's current flights between Melbourne and Shanghai: MU738 and MU737 as QF341 and QF342, respectively.
A spokesperson for the airline told Australian Business Traveller that codeshares would not be extended to China Eastern's seasonal flights, so travellers hunting Qantas status credits would need to stick to Melbourne's morning departure.
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