History: Like many of the main Chinese airlines, China Eastern can trace it's origins when the China Civil Aviation Administration (CCAC) was formed on November 2, 1949, about a month after the creation of the People's Republic of China. CCAC was started with the scattered band of personnel and aircraft left as airlines sponsored by Chinese and American interests fled to Taiwan to escape the Communists.
At first, the CAAC was dependent on Soviet support. It operated, for the most part, Soviet-designed aircraft during the Cold War, except for a few leftover American designs and a few modern turboprops and jets bought from Great Britain in 1961. It bought more Western aircraft in the 1970s, including some British Trident jets in 1971 and ten Boeing 707s in 1972.
By the time it was disassembled in 1984, CAAC at least had pretensions of providing Western levels of service, that is, concerning the types of aircraft used on international routes. The carrier even had bought a few Boeing 747 widebody jets, which were placed in service to Paris, San Francisco, and New York. After 25 years without a reported accident, a string of fatal crashes in the late 1970s gave impetus to modernizing the airline's operations.
In late 1984, CAAC was divided into one international carrier (Air China) and four regional airlines--Southern, Southwestern, Northwestern, and Eastern, based in Shanghai. Two of the regionals, China Southern and China Eastern, were allowed to fly abroad because of the commercial importance of their home bases, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Both soon developed into major airlines in their own right.
In 1991, China Eastern carried up to 8,000 passengers a day on a total of 70 routes, including flights to several Japanese destinations and Seattle and Los Angeles in the United States. CEA employed 3,600 people at the time. In 1992 it ordered five Airbus A340s. In June, CEA launched its first European route with service from Brussels, originating in Shanghai with stops in Beijing and Bahrain. A route to Madrid followed the next spring.
IN 1994 It began flying to Seoul, in the Republic of Korea. CEA posted a profit of $76 million on revenues of $790 million in 1995. It operated 41 aircraft at the time.
China Eastern Airlines was then established on 25 June 1988 under the CAAC Huadong Administration. In 1997, China Eastern took over unprofitable China General Aviation and also became the country's first airline to offer shares on the international market. In 1998 it founded China Cargo Airlines. In March 2001, it completed the takeover of Great Wall Airlines.
It was announced that on 2 September 2007 Singapore Airlines and Temasek Holdings (holding company which owns 55% of Singapore Airlines) would jointly acquire shares of China Eastern Airlines.
On 11 June 2009 it was announced that China Eastern Airlines would merge with Shanghai Airlines. It would became a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. However, Shanghai Airlines retained its brand and livery. China Eastern and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines became the 14th member of SkyTeam on 21 June 2011, and one year later it was awarded the “Golden Ting Award” at the China Capital Market Annual Conference 2012, recognising it as one of the 50 most valuable Chinese brands.
On September 9, 2014, China Eastern was introduced the new logo and new livery. In 2015 the airline entered a partnership with Delta Air Lines in which Delta will buy a 3.55% share in China Eastern for $450m.
It's main headquarteres are in Shanghai where China Eastern Air Holding Company (CEAH) is among China’s three major air transportation groups. As a result of consolidation and resource integration through the years, the airline has evolved into an integrated service system focusing on the core business of civil passenger and cargo transportation and remain strong strong for many years to come with cooperation between other airlines and expanding into new international and regional destinations. China Eastern operates a fleet of over 510 aircraft, serves 80 million passengers globally every year and ranks in the top ten of many operating indexes including fleet size and passenger volume. As a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, CEA has, through connecting with the Alliance, built an air network starting from the Shanghai hub and reaching 1052 destinations in 177 countries and regions around the world.
Operations: China Eastern main base is located in Shanghai, and from there it operates to main Asian destinations including Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Kuala Lampur, Hong Kong,Singapore amongst many more. In Europe it flies to Russia, London, Madrid, Paris, Frankfurt, Prague and Amsterdam. Accross to America it reaches Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Francisco on the West Coast and New York, Toronto and Chicago to the east. It's routes also stretch as far as Australia and New Zealand.
Naturally it flies to many domestic destinations including Beijing Xi'an Xiamen Guangzhou Qingdao Chengdu etc...
Fleet: The airline uses a modern fleet of aircraft comprising from both Boeing and Airbus aircraft. (With Embraer regional Aircraft ERJ145 for thin routes).
Long haul is operated with Airbus A340-300 and A330-200/300. With recently introduced Boeing 777-300 on it's most important dense routes.
For it's medium and short haul it uses Boeing 737-700/800 and Airbus family A320 (A319, A320 and A321).
|All inclusive fares with luggage included||Cabin baggage restricted to only 5KG|
|Online check-in available and free of charge.||English level knowledge for the airport staff can be limited|
|Complimentary meals and drinks on board. With a very effective and quick service.|
|Good flight times and central airports|
|Member of Sky Team Alliance, for points/millage redemption.|