Tuesday, 25 August 2015

China Eastern confirms Shanghai-Brisbane

As mentioned on here on Tuesday 29th July; China Eastern will launch direct flights between Brisbane and Shanghai from early next year, following this week's approval by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission of its joint venture with Qantas.
The airline's official account on Chinese microblogging site Weibo confirms an initial three flights per week on the Shanghai-Brisbane route beginning 16th January 2016, reports CAPA.
The flights will run on Airbus A330-200 jets, although it's not yet known if these will be China Eastern's newer aircraft with 30 fully-flat business class seats or the older planes with 24 angled flat beds.
China Eastern put year-round Brisbane-Shanghai flights on the table in a move to soften ACCC resistance over fears that a hookup with Qantas would reduce rather than expand travel options between Australia and China.
The airline has also indicated it would boost its own Sydney-Shanghai and Melbourne-Shanghai services to operate twice a day, albeit initially only between September and February.
Sydney-Shanghai is the only route which Qantas flies to mainland China, with daily Airbus A330-300 services departing just an hour before China Eastern's own A330-200s on the same route.
Qantas also codeshares on China Eastern's Melbourne-Shanghai and Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing flights.
Sourced from Australian Business Traveller

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