British Airways is set to gain access to the domestic Chinese market as it launches a new partnership with Shanghai-based carrier, China Eastern Airlines. With its gleaming skyscrapers and ancient temples China is more accessible than ever before as the British carrier will start selling flights to Kunming, Xi’an, Nanjing, Hangzhou and Chongqing on a BA flight code, while the Chinese carrier will sell British Airways flights to Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Manchester and Newcastle on their MU flight code.
China Eastern Airlines has signed a purchase agreement with Airbus for 20 A350-900 aircraft, making the airline the latest customer for the aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates one of the largest Airbus fleet in the world with nearly 300 Airbus aircraft in service, comprising A320 Family and A330 Family.
Qantas Group has said it will work with its fellow shareholders in Jetstar Hong Kong to review the enterprise, following the Air Transport Licensing Authority’s decision to reject the local carrier’s application to establish an operation in Hong Kong. Jetstar Hong Kong – a joint venture between Shun Tak Holdings, China Eastern Airlines and the Qantas Group – was announced in March 2012.
Boeing and China Eastern Airlines has celebrated the delivery of the airline’s first 777-300ER. The new airplane is the first of 20 777-300ERs China Eastern has on order. “We are delighted to introduce our first 777-300ER in China Eastern’s new look in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the 777-300ER program,” said Liu Shaoyong, chairman of China Eastern Airlines.
China Eastern Airlines has placed an order for 80 new Boeing 737 aircraft.The Shanghai-based carrier, which earlier this year agreed to buy 70 new single-aisle aircraft from Airbus, has now sought to balance out its acquisition strategy by placing an order for 80 B737s. The Boeing deal comprises both the standard model and the new fuel-efficient B737 MAX.
China Eastern Airlines (“China Eastern”) has selected NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction technologies, to provide 40 additional self-service check-in kiosks, as well as multi-vendor, on-site support services for its entire fleet of 130 airline check-in kiosks.
Boeing and China Eastern Airlines have celebrated the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airplane for China, one of the world’s most dynamic markets for commercial airplanes. Boeing forecasts that China will need 5,260 new airplanes, valued at $670 billion, in the next 20 years.
China Eastern Airlines has agreed to buy 20 Boeing 777-300ERs as the airline plans to expand its capacity to meet growing demand in Asia-Pacific and China.
Etihad Airways has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Eastern Airlines. The deal will encompass joint route and schedule coordination, codesharing between the UAE and China and in time on each other’s networks, full frequent flyer reciprocity, reciprocal airport lounge access, joint product development, and technical and cargo cooperation – subject to regulatory approval.
China Eastern Airlines has taken delivery of its first Next-Generation 737-700 outfitted with both the High-Altitude/High-Temperature Airport Operations Feature Package and the new Boeing Sky Interior from Boeing.
Delta Air Lines has welcomed China Eastern Airlines as an official member of the SkyTeam alliance, further strengthening the alliance’s connections throughout China.
SITA, the airline IT specialist, today announced that China Eastern Airlines has gone live with a worldwide corporate network solution to support its global expansion plans as it merges with Shanghai Airlines and prepares to join the Skyteam alliance.