General information China Eastern Airlines:
Founded: 25 June 1988
Fleet size: 552
Headquarters: 2550 Hongqiao Rd, Shanghai
History and Development:
China Eastern Airlines was established on 25 June 1988 under the Civil Aviation Administration of China Huadong Administration. In 1997, China Eastern took over the 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 a joint venture with COSCO. In March 2001, it completed the takeover of Great Wall Airlines. China Yunnan Airlines and China Northwest Airlines merged into China Eastern Airlines in 2003.
China Eastern Airlines has a strong presence on routes in Asia, North America, and Australia. The airline looks to exploit the domestic market potential as it boosts flight frequencies from Shanghai to other Chinese cities. The airline is also accelerating the pace of international expansion by increasing flight frequencies to international destinations. In 2007 it began operations to New York City from Shanghai, making it the longest non-stop route for the airline. In 2016, China Eastern Airlines also launched direct flights from Shanghai to Prague, Amsterdam, Madrid, and St. Petersburg.
China Eastern offers first-class, business class, premium economy, and economy.
China Eastern offers first-class on all Boeing 777s. A first-class seat comes with a flatbed seat, direct aisle access, and a sliding door. The plane also comes with a bar for passengers to serve themselves snacks and socialize with others. Middle seats on the Boeing 777 can be turned into a double bed.
The super-premium suites are found on all A350-900 and B787-9 aircraft. The seats come with a sliding door and a minibar. The middle seats can be turned into a living room with seating for four.
Business-class comes in many different versions. On China Eastern’s narrow-body fleet, business class seats are recliners arranged in a 2-2 configuration. On select A330, business class seats are either Zodiac Cirrus or Thompson Vantage XL which is in a 1-2-1 configuration, or it could be angled flat beds arranged in a 2-2-2 configuration. On its A350 and B787, business class seats are modified Thompson Vantage XL with doors similar to Delta one suites. On its B777, business class seats are Zodiac Cirrus.
Premium economy is found on all Boeing B787 and Airbus A350 airplanes.
China Eastern offers complimentary meal service and select A330s, all A350s, B777s, and B787s have seatback entertainment.