• China Eastern Airbus A350 to fly Sydney-Shanghai from March 31

    China Eastern's busy Sydney-Shanghai route is set for a stunning upgrade as the airline swings its Airbus A350 into Aussie skies. As of March 31, the SkyTeam member's daily flight MU561/MU562 service will shift from an older Airbus A330 to a factory-fresh A350. Business travellers will be the b...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2019 46 Comments

  • China Eastern Boeing 787 brings business class suites to Melbourne

    China Eastern is upgrading one of its two daily Melbourne-Shanghai flights to a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, with business travellers set to enjoy private suites with sliding doors on the 10 hour trek. The Boeing 787-9 slides into the MU737/MU738 service beginning February 1, 2019 – although t...

    POSTED 8 Jan, 2019 11 Comments

  • China Eastern chauffeur drive service for Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane

    China Eastern Airlines is now offering a free chauffeur drive service for business class and first class flyers on its routes between Australia, Shanghai and Beijing. The complimentary service is limited to a radius of 35km from Sydney Airport, 45km in Melbourne, 40km in Brisbane, and ...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2018 10 Comments

  • Beijing's new mega-airport will shake up Chinese airline market

    Like ancient warlords, China's three biggest airlines have dominated their regional cities: Air China controlling Beijing, China Eastern holding sway in the financial center of Shanghai, and China Southern ruling the roost down in export gateway Guangzhou. Until now. Rising on a plain south of B...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2017 12 Comments

  • China Eastern looks to launch direct Perth-Shanghai flights

    China Eastern Airlines could launch direct flights between Perth and Shanghai by year's end, providing the WA capital with only its second non-stop link to China alongside China Southern's Boeing 787 service to Guangzhou. The Shanghai-based airline – which is a Qantas partner as well ...

    POSTED 22 May, 2017 8 Comments

  • China Eastern Airlines to fly Sydney-Kunming in November

    SkyTeam alliance member China Eastern Airlines will launch new non-stop Sydney-Kunming flights on November 26. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with both business class and economy, the airline will fly three times a week in each direction, departing both cities on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Satur...

    POSTED 24 Oct, 2016 7 Comments

  • Air China: we

    With the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission moving to block Qantas’ proposed joint venture with China Eastern, Air China would consider stepping up if Qantas’ negotiations with the consumer watchdog came to a standstill. “We do not rule out those possibilities,&rdqu...

    POSTED 29 Apr, 2015 18 Comments

  • Sydney Airport to get SkyTeam lounge this year

    Australia’s SkyTeam member airlines will join forces in opening a new lounge in Sydney Airport this year. Modelled on the same lines as SkyTeam’s flagship lounge at London's Heathrow Terminal 4 (and shown in the photos on this page), the facility will carry the SkyTeam brand of the S...

    POSTED 3 Jul, 2013 4 Comments

  • Qantas & China Eastern partner on flights to Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing

    Qantas hopes to tap into the growing market for Australia-China travel through the opening of codeshare flights with China Eastern from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing. Beginning 1 May 2013, Qantas will codeshare on China Eastern’s Melbourne-Shanghai and Syd...

    POSTED 3 Apr, 2013 5 Comments

  • How China's "big four" domestic airlines compare

    Planning a business trip to China and researching what you can expect when flying domestically on China's "big four" airlines — Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines? Australian Business Traveller reader Chris Tudehope spent a month in Beijing, travelling extensively...

    POSTED 13 Feb, 2013 11 Comments

  • China Eastern boosts Sydney flights to Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing

    Shanghai-based China Eastern airlines, Qantas' Chinese partner, is boosting its Sydney-China schedule this month with new flights to Beijing and Nanjing plus two extra weekly flights between Sydney and Shanghai. The thrice weekly Nanjing-Beijing flight will start 21 December. MU740 is ...

    POSTED 6 Dec, 2012 3 Comments

  • What you need to know about China's "big four" airlines

    The more you deal with China as a business partner the more time you'll spend flying with the "big four" Chinese carriers -- Air China, China Eastern, China Southern and Hainan Airlines. They dominate the skies of the People's Republic, with only a few scattered smaller airlines (...

    POSTED 28 Jun, 2012 4 Comments

  • Airline alliance basics for Australian frequent flyers: SkyTeam

    Business travellers new to jetting around the world are as much a part of the Australian Business Traveller audience as the seasoned experts. With new airlines joining SkyTeam, here's an updated 2012 version of our series outlining the 'need to know' essentials of the three global air...

    POSTED 17 Jan, 2012 0 Comments

  • China Airlines to sign onto SkyTeam next month

    The SkyTeam alliance continues to grow its footprint in the Asia-Pacific market, with recent recruit China Eastern to be joined by Taipei-based China Airlines next month. This will bring the tally of SkyTeam airlines seen in Australian skies to six, says Rafael Despradel, Australian Sales &...

    POSTED 11 Aug, 2011 0 Comments

  • China Eastern joins SkyTeam, becomes fifth alliance member to fly to Australia

    Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines has finalised its membership of the SkyTeam airline alliance, with subsidiary Shanghai Airlines also included in the deal. The move makes SkyTeam the predominant alliance in the Chinese market. It's the second Chinese airline in SkyTeam, after Guangzhou-base...

    POSTED 22 Jun, 2011 0 Comments

  • Which Chinese airline will Virgin Australia pick?

    In our continuing series on the potential partner airlines Virgin Australia has its eye on, Australian Business Traveller is turning its attention towards China. Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti wants to have further spokes in the airline's network, which already includes US airline Delta, Ae...

    POSTED 16 May, 2011 9 Comments

  • China Eastern moves to daily Sydney-Shanghai and Melbourne-Shanghai flights

    China Eastern is stepping up to daily flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai in June. The Shanghai-based airline's current schedule sees four flights per week from Melbourne and five from Sydney, but the move to a daily service is part of a push to attract more business travellers. &ldqu...

    POSTED 14 Apr, 2011 0 Comments

  • Sydney Airport welcomes Hainan Airlines

    Hainan Airlines this week becomes the fifth Chinese airline to provide Sydney’s business travellers with direct flights into China, with the first of its thrice-weekly flights from Sydney to Shenzhen and onto Hangzhou.This is the first time these two Chinese cities have been served by direc...

    POSTED 21 Jan, 2011 1 Comment

  • Boeing pushes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner back to Q3

    Boeing has pushed the debut of its first service-ready 787 Dreamliner back to at least July and possibly as late as September. The next-generation aircraft is already three years overdue, based on Boeing's original debut date of May 2008. But the radically designed airliner, which includes a co...

    POSTED 19 Jan, 2011 0 Comments

  • Hainan Airlines opens direct Sydney-Shenzhen flights from January 2011

    China’s Hainan Airlines will commence direct flights from Sydney to Shenzhen from January 19, 2011. Flights from Sydney will depart every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 10.10am, arriving at Shenzhen at 4.20pm. The service will then continue to Hangzhou for a 7.50pm arrival. Return fl...

    POSTED 3 Dec, 2010 0 Comments

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