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China Eastern, Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM announce its intention to launch a joint venture

China Eastern Airlines made this announcement:

On October 16, 2019 China Eastern has announced its intention to enter into a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic, Air France and KLM, providing more valuable and attractive joint commercial propositions for customers between Europe and China.

China Eastern currently has joint venture with Air France and KLM by working together on a portfolio of flights between China and Paris, Amsterdam. With Virgin Atlantic joining the existing partnership between China Eastern, Air France and KLM, the enlarged cooperation will offer strengthened customer benefits including increased travel options and optimized connectivity across Europeand China,further facilitated by a developed joint network, as well as competitive joint commercial propositions.

The China to United Kingdom markets are expected to be pivotal at a time where China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic services linking Londonto Shanghai are part of the mutualized offer. China Eastern plans to seek to codeshare for the first time on Virgin Atlantic services between London and Shanghai. This will open up a range of customer benefits, including the opportunity for customers to earn and redeem miles across both carriers on flights between China and United Kingdom.

The announcement reaffirms China Eastern’s commitment to the European market, which will inject new vitality into her international development, network construction and service improvement and will also contribute to the  internationalization of China’s civil aviation and the Belt and Road Initiative.

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Air France, KLM and China Eastern announce plans to step up joint venture cooperation with the addition of Virgin Atlantic

Air France, KLM, China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic have signed a MOU concerning the extension of the existing joint venture between Air France, KLM and China Eastern with the addition of Virgin Atlantic, thus providing customers with an increased choice of flights and itineraries when traveling between Europe and China. The announcement reaffirms the Air France-KLM Group’s commitment to the Chinese market, having already implemented an enlarged scope of cooperation with China Eastern in January this year.

Scheduled to enter into force in spring 2020, the cooperation will offer customers an increased number of flights and itineraries between Europe and China, further facilitated by mutual code-sharing, as well as competitive joint commercial propositions. The United Kingdom to Shanghai markets and the connecting flight network within China are expected to be pivotal at a time where China Eastern and Virgin Atlantic services linking London to Shanghai are part of the mutualized offer. It will open up a range of customer benefits when flying and connecting across carriers, including the opportunity for customers to earn and redeem miles.

Flight schedules

Air France, KLM and China Eastern’s current Joint Venture schedules (summer 2019 season):

  • Air France:
    • twice-daily frequencies between Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Shanghai – Pudong
    • 3-weekly frequencies (4-weekly in peak periods) between Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Wuhan
  • KLM:   12-weekly frequencies between Amsterdam – Schiphol and Shanghai – Pudong
  • China Eastern:
    • twice-daily frequencies between Shanghai – Pudong and Paris – Charles de Gaulle
    • 4-weekly frequencies between Shanghai – Pudong and Amsterdam – Schiphol
    • 3-weekly frequencies between Kunming and Paris-Charles de Gaulle
    • 3-weekly frequencies between Qingdao and Paris-Charles de Gaulle

Services between London and Shanghai by Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern are intended to be included in the envisioned joint venture cooperation (summer 2019 season):

  • Virgin Atlantic daily services to Shanghai – Pudong from London – Heathrow
  • China Eastern daily services from Shanghai – Pudong to London Heathrow and 3-weekly frequencies to London – Gatwick

 

China Eastern takes delivery of its first Airbus A350-900

China Eastern Airlines on November 28 took delivery of its first Airbus A350-900 (B-304D, msn 248) in Toulouse, France according to the carrier and KUCINTA SETIA.

The airline has 20 copies on order.
Photo: Airbus.
Later on November 29 China Eastern issued this statement:

China Eastern Airlines has received its first of 20 A350-900 airplanes at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Equipped with China Eastern’s latest passenger service system, this new generation flagship model promises to redefine intercontinental air travel with its advanced capabilities.

The introduction of the new airplane, which is more spacious, greener and quieter than previous models, is part of efforts by the Shanghai-based airlines to meet the diversified demand for a high quality travel experience in the air.

The cabin of China Eastern’s first A350-900 is divided into three parts — a business class section with 40 seats, including four premium business seats, a super economy class area with 32 seats, and 216 economy class seats.

In response to passengers’ diversified expectations for travel, the new plane also comes with an “Air Living Room”, its premium business class option which features new seats, the largest in-flight touchscreen in the airline, a next generation in-flight entertainment system, a full function bar, optimized cabin scene lightening, NFC (near field communication) reader for in-flight shopping, world premiere bluetooth earphone module, and high-throughput open spaces intersect.

The balcony-styled business class, the first of its kind, is equipped with a host of amenities, including Thompson Vantage’s first “super business” products, 32-inch high definition touchscreens that are far larger than regular first-class allocations, mini-bars, convenient storage lockers, AC power outlets, and more comfortable three-point seatbelts.

The two premium business class seats in the middle row are also foldable, allowing flight crew to reshape the space into a community area that up to four people can comfortably use for a business meeting or family gathering.

Similar to the premium business cabin, the standard business cabin is equipped with Thompson Vantage XL all-flat seats, 18-inch high definition displays, and sliding doors that allow for more privacy.

Super economy and economy class travelers will find their trip in the China Eastern A350-900 jets to be more comfortable thanks to the new stylish seats from Rockwell Collins. The 12-inch high definition display installed on each seat in economy class — it is the largest across all airlines in the world — provides passengers with a top quality viewing experience.

Over in super economy class, each cradle-shaped seat is equipped with a 13-inch high definition display, independent AC and USB power outlets, leather seat covers, and a larger than normal table plate, all of which help accentuate the level of comfort.

Passengers can also look forward to more diversified media and entertainment content with China Eastern’s latest generation in-flight entertainment system, the Panasonic EX3/GCS, which is an all-round upgrade of the previous generation.

Like all wide-body aircraft in China Eastern’s fleet, the new A350-900 is also equipped with the new generation in-flight Wi-Fi which has a maximum speed of 200Mbps.

China Eastern’s “Kitchen in Air”, which comprises new microwaves, coffee machines and multi-functional fridges will also ensure that the cabin crew are always ready to meet the requests of each and every guest.

China Eastern currently operates the world’s second largest and Asia’s largest Airbus fleet which comprises nearly 700 aircraft, including more than 360 Airbus jets. The company will receive two more A350-900 aircraft this year, with the last of the 20 aircrafts ordered scheduled to be delivered in 2022. All these new planes will be equipped with the next generation cabin service system.

The first A350-900 will launch its maiden flight from Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport to Beijing Capital International Airport on December 4, 2018. The plane will gradually be used to fly routes to other major destinations including Guangzhou of Guangdong province and Chengdu of Sichuanprovince. Its international long-haul routes from Shanghai to Europe, Australia and North America will begin in January, 2019.

Photo: Airbus.

China Eastern takes delivery of the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner

China Eastern Airlines on November 1 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (B-206K).

Previously China Eastern Airlines and Boeing finalized an order of 15 787-9 Dreamliners.

China Eastern plans to operate the new 787-9s on transpacific routes between China and North America, which continues to be a major market as the airline looks to bolster its trans-Pacific network.

All images by Boeing and China Eastern.

China Eastern to fly to Pittsburgh

China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-39P ER B-2005 (msn 43271) CDG (Karl Cornil). Image: 943004.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) has announced that China Eastern Airlines will operate nonstop seasonal charter services connecting Pittsburgh and Shanghai, China, starting today, August 3, 2018. This is the region’s first nonstop air link with China, making Pittsburgh a gateway for hundreds of Chinese tourists to visit the U.S. this summer.

China Eastern Airlines will fly its flagship Boeing 777-300ER, which carries 316 seats in a first/business/economy three-class configuration, on the new route. The first departure from Pittsburgh (PIT) to Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) will occur the same day.

The flights are part of a partnership agreement between Pittsburgh International Airport, VisitPITTSBURGH, and Idea Foundry to help boost tourism and flight options between the Pittsburgh and Shanghai regions.

The partnership was developed with the help of Delante Partners, a specialist aviation and tourism advisory firm.

The Pittsburgh airport has seen a large growth rate in international passengers in the past year. So far in 2018, international passengers are up 27 percent. Pittsburgh already offers year-round and seasonal nonstop flights to major European cities including Frankfurt, Paris and Reykjavik. British Airways nonstop service to London Heathrow starts in April.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by PIT): China Eastern Airlines Boeing 777-39P ER B-2005 (msn 43271) CDG (Karl Cornil). Image: 943004.

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China Eastern introduces its Pixar Toy Story logo jet

China Eastern Airlines has introduced a new “Pixar Toy Story” special color scheme on Airbus A330-343 B-5976 (msn 1632). The airline has made this announcement:

Our new Disney livery plane based on Pixar Toy Story took its maiden flight from Shanghai to Beijing today, April 28, 2018.

It is our third Disney livery plane, and this time we present you a special inner decoration.

Let China Eastern take you to Shanghai Disney Resort.

All photos by China Eastern.

China Eastern’s 2016 “Shanghai Disney Resort” promotional special livery

China Eastern's 2016 "Shanghai Disney Resort" promotional special livery

Copyright Photos: China Eastern Airlines Airbus A330-343 B-6120 (msn 720) (Shanghai Disney Resort) PEK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 935215.

China Eastern's 2016 "Shanghai Disney Resort" promotional special livery

From Wikipedia:

Shanghai Disney Resort is a themed resort in Pudong, Shanghai, China. It is the first Disney park resort in mainland China and the second in Greater China, after the Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. The resort opened on June 16, 2016.

The resort features Shanghai Disneyland Park, an entertainment district, two themed hotels, recreational facilities, a lake and associated parking and transportation hubs. Additional phases will see the development of two additional theme parks at the resort.

Forty-three percent of the resort is owned by The Walt Disney Company and the remaining 57 percent by Shanghai Shendi Group, a joint venture of three companies owned by the Shanghai government.

The resort was approved by the Chinese government on November 4, 2009.

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