Qantas: new Shanghai flights, lounge in China Eastern alliance

Qantas: new Shanghai flights, lounge in China Eastern alliance

Qantas has Shanghai in its sights as the airline makes a renewed push into the Chinese market with the help of China Eastern.

First fruits of the new partnership include codesharing on China Eastern's double-daily Sydney–Shanghai and Melbourne–Shanghai flights from November 1st, 2015, with a raft on onwards connections to new destinations including Changchun, Jinan and Wuhan.

Qantas' own Sydney-Shanghai flights will shift to Terminal 1 at Shanghai Pudong International Airport, which serves as home turf for China Eastern, to make those connections faster and easier.

China Eastern is also building an all-new lounge at Terminal 1, which will open in late 2016, with the airline's current 'China Eastern Lounge 19B' – located on the lower level underneath boarding gate 19 – now available to eligible Qantas travellers.

"Our goal is to be the first choice for travel between Australia and China and customers will enjoy significant customer benefits as a result of the expanded partnership,"said Qantas International CEO Gareth Evans.

“Aviation is opening up new travel and business opportunities at a time when the Australia-China relationship is more important than ever to both countries."

The five-year alliance between Qantas and China Eastern can be considered as a Chinese equivalent of the Flying Kangaroo's partnerships with Emirates and American Airlines, helping the Aussie airline tap into the booming Chinese market including business travel to many 'second tier' cities which are hubs for manufacturing.

Qantas CEO Alan Joyce has previously highlighted the importance of such alliances, saying "We cannot fly to every destination in China."

"However our deepened relationship with China Eastern supports our successful strategy to work with key partners around the world to offer the most comprehensive network and world class travel experiences for our customers."

China Eastern is a Qantas Frequent Flyer airline partner, offering members frequent flyer points – although not status credits – when travelling on an MU flight number.

Qantas says that its frequent flyers "will also have greater capacity to earn and redeem points as the partnership develops."

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David Flynn
David Flynn is the editor of Australian Business Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.
 

16 comments

  • jianga

    jianga

    23 Oct, 2015 04:43 pm

    Whenever I went to QF website to search flights for MEL-PVG, they never showed any of the codeshared flights (and I tried both classes). I wonder when/if they would add these flights for sale. 

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  • lind26

    lind26

    23 Oct, 2015 08:00 pm

    I think they really limit seats as I had the same problem every time I tried recently

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  • TooManyPrograms

    TooManyPrograms

    23 Oct, 2015 04:58 pm

    Will QF move to TErminal 1 in PVG on the 1st Nov as well?

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  • KK

    KK

    23 Oct, 2015 05:05 pm

    This Sunday, 25/10/2015

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  • lind26

    lind26

    23 Oct, 2015 08:01 pm

    They should fly to SHA instead - so much more convenient than PVG

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  • CardCarrying

    CardCarrying

    26 Oct, 2015 07:04 pm

    I concur. SHA is a much larger domestic air hub with a high-speed train station next to it. It is a real air/rail hub with a truly national network reach. SHA is also much closer to Shanghai's city centre.

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  • KK

    KK

    23 Oct, 2015 05:09 pm

    Does Qantas consider the codeshare on MU's midnight departure flights to Paris and Frankfurt?

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  • LoveToFly

    LoveToFly

    23 Oct, 2015 07:54 pm

    I fly to Shangahi mutiple times a year and been there 4 times this year. The China Eastern lounges in T1 are beyond a joke. Iv been there once and the seats are broken, theres hardly any food, no wifi and no showers. This is a massive step back. Its honestly the worst lounge I have ever had the mis pleasure of being in and we walked out at sat in the main terminal.

    Also on a code share flight back to Melbourne with China Eastern we got their low cost version (Shanghai airlines) which was terrible. Becuase of this I use Malaysia Airlines each time to fly to Shanghai (I go every 2 months) better lounges throughout the journey (Mel, Kl, PVG) and more often than not a more conistent product. Just my experience and thoughts. (yes i know they had 2 massive incidents but I take the chance)

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  • LoveToFly

    LoveToFly

    23 Oct, 2015 07:55 pm

    meant to say I fly J when I go there

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  • Dale

    hakkinen5

    25 Oct, 2015 11:35 am

    Spot on Love to Fly. That 19b lounge is absolutely the worst lounge in history. Its actually just a room with a few uncomfortable chairs, a very small amount of cold food, and a few warm beers (and i don't mean a few different types). No wine. No wifi as you mentioned. Hopefully the new lounge will be better (well, it couldn't be worse)

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  • seanpodge

    seanpodge

    26 Oct, 2015 01:07 pm

    Most lounges in China tend to be pretty ordinary. The only one I've been impressed by is the new(ish) Air China lounge in PVG T2 International. 

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  • crosscourt

    crosscourt

    30 Oct, 2015 04:20 pm

    the CX/KA lounge is quite nice at PVG and EK is passable. MU is shocking.

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  • lind26

    lind26

    23 Oct, 2015 07:59 pm

    Well we know they can't fly to every city in China - but they could at least fly to some on their own metal. Every China Eastern and Air China flight I have ever been on has been jam packed. 

    If their goal really is to be first choice then they need to put their money where their mouth is and get those damns flying Roos China bound!

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  • matty24

    matty24

    26 Oct, 2015 05:07 pm

    I noticed in this article there is no mention of direct brisbane flights but it is starting from  Jan 1st to 29 February  four times and week and further announcement at end of year for schedule 2016

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  • Tom Paseka

    peskey

    28 Oct, 2015 07:29 am

    T1 at PVG is awful. The JL lounge there is also a joke. The CX lounge in PVG is great, though horribly over crowded and often without working internet. Only way to repair T1 at PVG is to tear the whole thing down and start fresh. get rid of that stale cigarette smoke too :) 

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  • Wayne Tennent

    tennentw

    10 Mar, 2016 03:56 pm

    Looking forward to the new Lounge in PVG as the current China Eastern Lounge that QFF use is pretty ordinary

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