Delta and China Eastern simplify baggage check-in for China flights

A Delta Airlines Boeing 767. Russell Lee, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Russell Lee, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Len Varley - Assistant Editor 4 Min Read
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In a move that significantly improves the transfer experience for travelers, Delta Air Lines and China Eastern Airlines have introduced a seamless baggage check-in process for customers traveling between the U.S. and Interior China.

This customer-friendly service, called “TransChina,” allows passengers to check their bags to their final destination in China when connecting on China Eastern flights at Shanghai-Pudong International Airport (PVG).

The ‘TransChina’ service

With the introduction of the “TransChina” connecting procedure, Delta passengers traveling from the U.S. to Interior China can now seamlessly check in their bags to their final destination at Shanghai-Pudong International Airport (PVG).

Similarly, travelers heading from Interior China to the U.S. via PVG can also check in their bags with China Eastern at their origin cities in China.

This customer-friendly service eliminates the need for passengers to collect and re-check their baggage at PVG for both incoming and outgoing flights, streamlining the transfer process and significantly improving the overall travel experience.

The “TransChina” service is available on all flights to and from 96 cities in China via PVG, operated by Delta’s partner, China Eastern, and its subsidiary, Shanghai Airlines. This includes Delta codeshare services, further expanding the reach and convenience of this service.


Whether you’re traveling to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, or any other major city in China, you can take advantage of this hassle-free baggage transfer service.

Delta as first foreign airline to introduce service

Delta Air Lines, with the support of China Eastern, was the first foreign airline to offer the “TransChina” service in China back in June 2018. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions, the service was temporarily suspended in February 2020.

Now, on July 17, 2023, Delta is proud to resume this customer-oriented service as the first foreign airline to do so, reaffirming its commitment to enhancing the travel experience for customers between the U.S. and China.

Wong Hong, Delta’s President of China, expressed his gratitude for the partnership with China Eastern and highlighted the significant benefits this service brings to mutual customers.

He stated, “Thanks to the partnership with China Eastern, we can offer a great benefit for our mutual customers who fly between the U.S. and China via Pudong Airport. We continue to work together to create a better travel experience for our customers in China and the U.S.”

This collaboration between the two airlines demonstrates their dedication to providing seamless and efficient travel solutions for passengers.

Delta Air Lines and China Eastern Airlines are both proud members of the SkyTeam alliance. Since launching their strategic partnership in 2015, these airlines have been able to compete more effectively on routes between the U.S. and China.

By leveraging each other’s strengths, they have expanded travel options for customers in both countries and made joint investments in enhancing the overall customer experience.

Presently, Delta and China Eastern operate an impressive 260 codeshare flights per week, ensuring travelers have a wide range of flight choices and connections.

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