China Eastern Airlines adds 15th route to Taipei Taoyuan; returns on Shanghai to San Francisco market after 13 years

Dong Bo, China Eastern Airlines’ Chief Marketing Officer, presented a model of his company's aircraft to John Martin, SFO Airport’s director last Friday. Commenting on the daily service, which will also provide thrice-daily through travel option to Wuhan, Bo said: “We had planned for years for a San Francisco route. Our new service will deepen the relationship between Wuhan, Shanghai and San Francisco, which will help promote trade and personal exchanges between the United States and China."

  • China Eastern Airlines expanded its network with two new routes in the course of last week. On 23 April, the airline inaugurated low-frequency flights on its 15th route to Taipei Taoyuan (TPE), which it now serves with single weekly frequency from Yinchuan (INC) in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The A320-operated service faces competition from Far Eastern Air Transport’s schedule of the same frequency. In addition, on 26 April, China Eastern returned to the market from Shanghai Pudong (PVG) to San Francisco, CA (SFO) following 13 years of absence. Daily flights are now offered on the 9,900-kilometre route, on which China Eastern challenges the incumbent United Airlines service, also offered on a daily basis. Its A330-200s are deployed to operate the route, which is the airline’s fourth US service from Shanghai. China Eastern already flies to Los Angeles, and New York JFK (daily flights each), as well as thrice-weekly to Honolulu in Hawaii.


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