China Eastern Airlines launches direct service between Shanghai and Cairo

A China Eastern Airlines A350 on the tarmac in Egypt.
Photo Credit: China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines has launched its first-ever direct passenger flight route from Shanghai to Cairo, making it the pioneer Chinese airline to connect these two vibrant cities.

The inaugural flight, MU223, embarked on the historic service from Shanghai Pudong International Airport to Cairo International Airport on December 11, marking a new milestone for the carrier.

Cairo Flight Details


Departing from Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 00:45 a.m., the A350-900 wide-body aircraft, with 232 eager passengers onboard, touched down at Cairo International Airport at 7:19 a.m. local time.

This monumental route now operates every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, providing a trifecta of opportunities for travelers to experience the enchanting connection between these two diverse regions.

Aboard the A350-900

China Eastern Airlines’ has chosen the latest Airbus A350-900 aircraft for this route. With state-of-the-art passenger service systems and in-flight Wi-Fi, passengers can seamlessly

The strategic scheduling of outbound flights arriving early in the morning local time in Cairo opens up a realm of possibilities for travelers.

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Whether delving into the rich history of Cairo or efficiently transitioning to other destinations in Africa and the Middle East, passengers have the freedom to tailor their experience.

A line of parked China Eastern Airlines jets.
Photo Credit: China Eastern Airlines

Hub Advantage: Shanghai Pudong International Airport


As one of China’s major international aviation hubs, Shanghai Pudong International Airport offers a gateway to a vast network of connections.

Inbound flights from Cairo provide convenient links for passengers, allowing them to efficiently change planes not only to other Chinese cities but also to destinations across the Asia-Pacific region.

Passengers continuing their journey with China Eastern Airlines and its partner airlines are in for a further treat.

Seamless and convenient transfer services await, ensuring a hassle-free transition for those exploring beyond the initial Shanghai to Cairo connection.

About China Eastern

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, also known as China Eastern, is an airline headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building, on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai, China.

The airline is a member of the SkyTeam alliance. It is the world’s largest carrier by number of passengers carried, and the second-largest by fleet size.

It operates a fleet of over 600 aircraft, and flies to over 1,000 destinations in 177 countries and regions worldwide.

China Eastern was founded in 1988, and has since become one of the most successful airlines in the world. The airline has a strong focus on safety, and has been awarded the Skytrax World Airline Safety Award for the past 15 consecutive years.

As a major player in the Chinese aviation market, the carrier has a significant presence in both domestic and international markets.

The airline has been expanding its international operations in recent years, and has established partnerships with airlines in Europe, North America, and Asia.

China Eastern is a full-service airline, and offers a wide range of products and services to its passengers, operating a fleet of both narrow-body and wide-body aircraft.

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