China Eastern launches third Australia route; now flies to Cairns from Shanghai

The cake welcoming China Eastern as the first airline from Mainland China to Cairns in North Queensland was cut by Ma Xulun, the airline’s CEO & Vice Chairman, and Jeff Seeney, Deputy Premier of Queensland. This was followed by a dance performance by Pamagirri Dancers from Rainforestation.

As the China Eastern A330 landed in Cairns, it marked the first non-stop link between Mainland China and the North Queensland airport, further boosting the fast-growing China-Australia market.

  • China Eastern Airlines launched its third route to Australia on 30 October when the airline connected its Shanghai Pudong (PVG) hub with Cairns (CNS) in northern Queensland. The airline, which already serves Melbourne and Sydney in Australia, now flies the new route three times weekly with 264-seat A330-200 aircraft. This is notably the first route between Mainland China and Cairns. Cairns Airport’s CEO, Kevin Brown, commented: “Our aim is to make this a year round service to provide even greater benefit to the region. We will continue to work closely with China Eastern and other key partners including the Queensland Government, Tourism Queensland, Tourism Australia, Tourism Tropical North Queensland, Cairns Regional Council and Advance Cairns, to make that happen.” Rob Giason, Tourism Tropical North Queensland’s CEO, added: “The arrival of Flight CZ 335 marked a symbolic part of the region’s journey to attract 200,000 Chinese visitors by 2015.” For video coverage from the launch event, see Cairns Airport’s YouTube video.

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