China Eastern Airlines launches first intercontinental route from Fuzhou
China Eastern Airlines on 27 November launched the first intercontinental service from Fuzhou (FOC), to New York JFK, NY (JFK). The 12,492-kilometre route will be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays) by the airline’s 318-seat 777-300ERs and operate via Shanghai Pudong. The route is designed to serve the large community of Chinese expats in the New York region, who originate in Fujian province. Fuzhou Changle International Airport, serving the capital of the Fujian province on China’s east coast, handled 8.93 million passengers in 2013 (+13.7%) making it China’s 25th busiest airport. On 28 November China Eastern added another international link, this time between Wuxi (WUX) and Seoul Incheon (ICN). The 888-kilometre route will be operated twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) utilising the airline’s A320s, and will compete with Asiana Airlines’ twice-weekly services, which fly on Tuesdays and Saturdays.