The knives were out to celebrate the launch of China Eastern Airlines’s latest new service to Sydney, this time from Kunming. The route will operate three times weekly using the SkyTeam carrier’s A330-200s.
- China Eastern Airlines fresh from launching flights from Hangzhou last week, has now added another new route to Sydney (SYD), this time from Kunming (KMG). The inaugural flight on the 8,306-kilometre route took place on Thursday 24 November. The three times weekly (Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays) service will be flown by the SkyTeam carrier’s 234-seat A330-200s. Another new route from Wuhan is scheduled to start on 19 January 2017. China Eastern was already serving Sydney non-stop from Nanjing (three times weekly) and Shanghai Pudong (10 times weekly). In the China-Australia market, China Eastern now commands 23% of weekly seat capacity second only to China Southern Airlines (37%), but well ahead of Air China (18%).