China Eastern Airlines plans mass flight allocations to meet Spring demand

A China Eastern Boeing 737-800 approaches over water.
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LONDON – With the relaxation of China’s air travel requirements, and the upcoming peak demand season of Chinese New Year and Spring Festival, China Eastern Airlines is set for a mass allocation of over 700 aircraft in the coming month.

Thanks to the resumption and adjustment of international flights and the upcoming Spring Festival, travel demand will be further bolstered in early 2023, as people go sightseeing, visiting relatives and friends, or returning home for a family reunion during the festival.

China Eastern Airlines (China Eastern) plans to allocate 753 aircraft between January 7 and February 25, with average planned daily flights of over 2,900, and arrange over 6,000 additional flights to meet passengers’ air travel demand.

January route increases

In January, China Eastern’s weekly international passenger routes are scheduled to increase to 48, with 184 flights.

Among them, three flights per week from Shanghai to Budapest, Auckland and Sydney respectively are scheduled, and more flights from Shanghai to Bangkok, Kunming to Phnom Penh and Hu Chi Minh, Hangzhou to Manila, Qingdao to Dubai and Wenzhou to Rome are planned.

China Eastern will also add new flights from Shanghai to Melbourne, Phuket, Chiang Mai, Male and other destinations starting January 23.

As for the Chinese mainland, China Eastern plans to add new flights mainly for passengers returning home, flights to popular tourist destinations including skill resorts and Hainan Province, and flights in Yunnan Province.

Celebrating Spring Festival

To further improve passengers’ travel efficiency, China Eastern has continued to upgrade its online intelligent passenger services for the Spring Festival travel rush.

Innovative services such as “Complete in One Step,” “Air-rail intermodal passenger transport,” and shuttle service have received a good response.

To welcome the upcoming Spring Festival, China Eastern’s VIP lounges were decorated with a festive atmosphere, and special set meals were added to the menu.

MU Freeze-Dried Fruit Tea, a brand-new drink specially designed for China Eastern flights, and special breakfast are added to the in-flight menu of the Airlines’ flights.

China Eastern’ Spring Festival-themed flights offer typical food for the festival including dumplings, tangyuan, a kind of round and sweet dumpling made of glutinous rice flour, as well as a special set meal themed on the Year of the Rabbit.

With the resumption and adjustment of international passenger flights, China Eastern and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines resumed normal in-flight meals for their international and regional flights starting January 8.

China Eastern says that across the coming period of high demand it will strive to ensure orderly, efficient and outstanding flight services and offer a comfortable travel experience for passengers.

By Len Varley - Assistant Editor 3 Min Read
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