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China Eastern to begin year-round Shanghai-Brisbane services from Nov 2016

written by australianaviation.com.au | November 19, 2015
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A China Eastern Airbus A330-300. (Rob Finlayson)

China Eastern will operate year-round flights between Brisbane and its Shanghai hub from November 2016.

While the Skyteam member has already committed to serving the Queensland capital over January and February 2016 as a seasonal service, November will mark the start of the airline’s permanent presence on the Brisbane-Shanghai route.

Brisbane Airport chief executive Julieanne Alroe said having a nonstop flight to Shanghai, one of the world’s key financial hubs, would benefit tourism and improve business links between Australia and China.

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“For all the Queensland and Chinese companies who are set to benefit from the upcoming Free-Trade Agreement, this new flight will make doing business together easier, faster and more efficient,” Alroe said in a statement on Thursday.

“Shanghai is a mega city of some 14 million people and is headquarters to numerous Chinese private companies and state-owned enterprises which have operations in Brisbane and throughout Queensland.”

China Eastern will use Airbus A330s on the route three times a week and its alliance partner Qantas will place its QF airline code on those services.

In August, the ACCC approved China Eastern and Qantas’s application to partner on Australia-China services, albeit with conditions attached, for the next five years.

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China Eastern flagged launching new services, as well as boosting frequencies on its existing routes to Sydney and Melbourne, as part of its submission to the ACCC.

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2 Comments

  • Peter

    says:

    I agree this sector has obvious potential for both business and tourism for both countries. I wonder if Mr Joyce intends to ” get some skin in the game” , or just sit back and let some $$ roll in from code-share. I’d be interested in this sector if it was a genuine Qantas aircraft & crew, otherwise I’ll stick with Cathay and have an overnight in HK.

  • Darren

    says:

    I would also prefer to catch Qantas direct ex Brisbane Shanghai. But will still catch Cathay night flight. Joyce needs to understand the Brisbane market a little more

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