• The best SkyTeam frequent flyer programs for Australian travellers

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Although the global SkyTeam alliance doesn’t count an Australian airline among its ranks, eight SkyTeam members currently fly Down Under, on which travellers can earn and redeem fr...

    POSTED 21 Nov, 2018 9 Comments

  • Qantas brings China Eastern frequent flyer reward bookings online

    Qantas Frequent Flyer members can now book China Eastern flights using their frequent flyer points through the Qantas website, covering flights not only between Australia and China but also the airline’s broader network, such as from New Zealand and from China onward to Europe. Previously,...

    POSTED 6 Jun, 2018 13 Comments

  • How to book China Eastern flights using Qantas Points

    Much as Emirates is Qantas’ major partner on European flights, China Eastern Airlines is the Roo’s cornerstone comrade in China: on which Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn and spend Qantas Points. There’s just one catch – China Eastern reward flights don’t appe...

    POSTED 19 Sep, 2017 9 Comments

  • China Eastern goes daily on Brisbane-Shanghai flights

    IN BRIEF | Qantas partner China Eastern will upgrade its four-times-weekly Brisbane-Shanghai flights to a daily service from November 2017. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft offering business class and economy, flight MU716 leaves the Sunshine State at 11:45am to reach China’s financial ca...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2017 2 Comments

  • China Eastern plans first class, Boeing 777 for Sydney, Melbourne

    Qantas partner China Eastern will once again bring its flagship Boeing 777-300ER aircraft onto flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Shanghai this summer, complete with the airline's latest-generation business class seats and a first class cabin as well, not normally seen on the airline’s Au...

    POSTED 24 Aug, 2017 18 Comments

  • Qantas plans online reward bookings for Malaysia Airlines, JAL

    EXCLUSIVE | Qantas Frequent Flyer members will soon be able to use their hard-earned frequent flyer points to book reward flights with Malaysia Airlines, Japan Airlines and China Eastern via the Qantas website. Booking points-based travel on these airlines can currently be made on...

    POSTED 29 Jun, 2017 20 Comments

  • Qantas opens lounges to frequent flyers on China Eastern

    Qantas Gold, Platinum and Platinum One frequent flyers can now relax in Qantas’ international airport lounges in Australia prior to China Eastern flights to Mainland China. For Platinum and Platinum One members, this means access to the renowned Qantas First Lounges in Sydney and Melbourne...

    POSTED 1 Nov, 2016 11 Comments

  • China Eastern eyes Aussie market with more flights, new routes

    China Eastern Airways will continue to build its Australian footprint over the coming year to capitalise on the expanded joint venture with Qantas. And while the SkyTeam member's home port of Shanghai will remain a key focus, much of that growth is expected to come from the raft of secondar...

    POSTED 31 Oct, 2016 10 Comments

  • China Eastern plans Sydney-Hangzhou-Beijing flights for November

    Qantas partner China Eastern will begin non-stop flights between Sydney and Hangzhou, China from November 16, with the route also continuing onwards to Beijing. Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the airline will offer three flights per week in each direction with both business class and economy...

    POSTED 2 Sep, 2016 6 Comments

  • China Eastern plans Sydney-Wuhan-Xi'an flights

    IN BRIEF | SkyTeam alliance member China Eastern Airlines is planning to launch Sydney-Wuhan-Xi’an flights by the year’s end. Using an Airbus A330 aircraft, the service would directly link Sydney and Wuhan by October 2016, pending the success of an application filed with the Civil Av...

    POSTED 4 Aug, 2016 3 Comments

  • Flying to secondary cities in China: your non-stop options explained

    Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are all major destinations for Australian business travellers, yet there’s growing demand for journeys further afield with eight airlines now flying or soon to fly directly between our shores and 11 other cities across mainland China. Among them, Chengdu, Sh...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2016 14 Comments

  • China Eastern goes daily with Brisbane-Shanghai flights

    UPDATE | China Eastern will begin daily direct flights between Brisbane and Shanghai from December 16, 2016, after a successful thrice-weekly summer service across January/February. The daily flights – coded MU715/716 – will depart Brisbane at 11.45am to reach Shanghai's Pudong Inter...

    POSTED 5 May, 2016 3 Comments

  • British Airways eyes Chinese airline alliance

    British Airways is hopeful of forging an alliance with either China Eastern or China Southern to strengthen its footprint in the world's second-largest economy. While stopping short of a joint venture, the move would fill the gap created by the lack of a Chinese airline in the Oneworld family. ...

    POSTED 8 Apr, 2016 9 Comments

  • Plaza Premium, China Eastern open new Shanghai lounge

    Passengers flying through Terminal 2 at Shanghai’s Pudong Airport can now cool their heels at a new Plaza Premium / China Eastern lounge near gate 77, fittingly branded the No.77 China Eastern Plaza Premium Lounge. A joint effort fusing Plaza’s signature opulent design aspects with C...

    POSTED 12 Nov, 2015 6 Comments

  • First photos: SkyTeam opens Hong Kong Airport lounge

    Following the opening of dedicated lounges in London, Istanbul and Sydney, the airline alliance has cut the ribbon on its newest branded lounge at Hong Kong International Airport. Located past security near departure gate 15 in Terminal 1, the SkyTeam Hong Kong lounge provides seating for up to ...

    POSTED 28 Oct, 2015 8 Comments

  • 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...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2015 16 Comments

  • Earning Qantas frequent flyer points on flights to China

    Through Qantas’ web of codeshare and Oneworld airline partners, it’s incredibly easy for Aussie travellers to earn frequent flyer points when travelling to China, along with status credits in many cases. Whether you’re visiting Shanghai on business, taking a holiday in Beijing ...

    POSTED 16 Jul, 2015 13 Comments

  • China Eastern boosts Sydney, Melbourne flights to Shanghai

    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...

    POSTED 20 Oct, 2014 7 Comments

  • How codeshare flights could be costing you thousands...

    Airline partnerships such as those of Qantas and Emirates, or Virgin Australia and Singapore Airlines, can see you paying thousands of dollars more to travel on the exact same flight, depending on which airline you book your ticket with. What if you could pay up to $3,200 less for the exact...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2014 14 Comments

  • SkyTeam launches

    The global SkyTeam airline alliance now offers a ‘Go Round Asia and South West Pacific’ pass, which allows travellers to jet around these regions on a single, discounted ticket. What you’ll pay depends on how far you fly, with tickets broken up into three bands – 13,000 m...

    POSTED 12 Aug, 2014 5 Comments

  • China Eastern boosts London Heathrow flights

    China Eastern is increasing its flights from Shanghai to London Heathrow from late October, making the route a near-daily service. On Wednesdays from October 29 2014, MU551 is wheels up at 10:55am from Shanghai’s Pudong Airport, reaching London at 4:05pm on the same day. Returning, MU552 ...

    POSTED 28 Jul, 2014 1 Comment

  • Photos: China Eastern's new Christian Lacroix uniform revealed

    China Eastern Airlines has unveilled a stylish new uniform today, designed by none other than fashion superbrand Christian Lacroix. We've got first snaps of the new kit right here, following the uniform's reveal at a lavish ceremony in China Eastern's home city of Shanghai. The bywords are "sim...

    POSTED 2 May, 2013 5 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 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

  • 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

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