China Eastern Airlines to Launch Shanghai-Marseille Service

A China Eastern Airlines Dreamliner on the tarmac.
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Strengthening ties and boosting tourism, China Eastern Airlines is proud to announce the launch of new direct flights between Shanghai and Marseille, France.

Starting July 2nd, 2024, travelers can enjoy a convenient connection operated by Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines.

Flights will run three times a week on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with flight numbers FM871 departing Shanghai and FM872 returning from Marseille.

The estimated flight time is approximately 12 hours, offering a quicker and more comfortable journey between these vibrant cities.

Passengers can also stay connected throughout their flight with gate-to-gate internet service.

A China Eastern Airlines 787 approaches to land.
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Sister Cities Steeped in History and Culture

Shanghai, China’s economic powerhouse, is a city brimming with innovation and opportunity. Often referred to as the “grand halls” and the “first stop for inbound travelers,” Shanghai boasts a rich history. It offers visitors a captivating blend of modern and traditional influences.

Marseille, France’s second-largest city, is a major port city steeped in maritime history. Located on the stunning French Riviera, Marseille offers a unique blend of cultural charm, breathtaking coastal beauty, and a vibrant atmosphere.

In fact, Shanghai and Marseille have been sister cities since 1987, highlighting the long-standing connection between China and France.

A line of parked China Eastern Airlines jets.
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A Year of Celebration and Cultural Exchange

This new flight route coincides with significant milestones in China-France relations. 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two nations, as well as the China-France Year of Culture and Tourism.

Travelers can experience the best of both worlds, with Shanghai showcasing a diverse range of cultural, sporting, and business events throughout the year.

Meanwhile, Marseille will be in the spotlight later this summer, hosting the sailing competitions for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Tickets for this exciting new route are now on sale. Visit the China Eastern Airlines website or mobile app for more information and to book your flight today.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the wonders of Shanghai and Marseille with this convenient and time-saving direct service.

About China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines, a major player in China’s aviation industry, boasts a modern fleet and extensive network.

As one of the country’s “Big Three” airlines alongside Air China and China Southern Airlines, China Eastern offers regional, domestic, and international flights to over 200 destinations across the globe.

Headquartered in Shanghai, China Eastern operates hubs at both Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport.

They are also members of the SkyTeam alliance, providing passengers with greater connectivity and travel options.

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