China Eastern Airlines

Brief Introduction

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited is an airline headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building, on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai. It is a major Chinese airline operating international, domestic and regional routes. Its main hubs are at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, with secondary hubs at Beijing Capital International Airport, Kunming Changshui International Airport and Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. It is China’s second-largest carrier by passenger numbers. China Eastern and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines became the 14th member of SkyTeam on 21 June 2011. 

China Eastern Airlines was established on 25 June 1988 under the Civil Aviation Administration of China Huadong Administration. China Yunnan Airlines and China Northwest Airlines merged into China Eastern Airlines in 2003. It offers flights to over worldwide 1000 destinations in 177 countries. China Eastern Airlines has a strong presence on routes in Asia, North America and Australia. In 2007 it began operations to New York City from Shanghai, making it the longest non-stop route for the airline. 

Fleet of China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines was the first Chinese airline to place an order with Airbus. The backbone of the fleet is the A320 series, which are used primarily on domestic flights.

In 2005, China Eastern Airlines placed an order for 15 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The airline subsequently cancelled its order owing to continuous delays, instead swapped the 787 order for Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft.

On 18 October 2011, China Eastern Airlines placed an order for 15 Airbus A330s.

On 27 April 2012, China Eastern Airlines ordered 20 Boeing 777-300ERs. The airline received its first 777-300ER aircraft on 26 September 2014.

In 2015 the airline acquired a further batch of 15 Airbus A330 aircraft for delivery in 2017 and 2018.

In April 2016, China Eastern Airlines ordered 20 A350-900 and 15 B787-9. Both types will be delivered starting from 2018. 

Flights to and fro Tibet

In Tibet, it provides direct flights to and fro Lhasa, Shigatse and Ngari. 

Flights to Tibet

Flight No. Departure – Arrival Duration
MU2333 Xian(07:55)-Lhasa(11:20) 3h25m
MU9619 Xian(07:40)-Lhasa(11:10) 3h30m
MU2335 Xian(11:45)-Lhasa(15:25) 3h40m
MU6830 Xian(09:10)-Lhasa(12:30) 3h20m
MU9625 Xian(10:20)-Shigatse(14:30) 4h10m
MU5825 Chengdu(10:35)-Lhasa(13:10) 2h35m
MU6832 Xining(09:45)-Lhasa(12:10) 2h25m
MU6834 Xining(11:50)-Lhasa(14:25) 2h35m
MU6812 Lijiang(08:35)-Lhasa(10:50) 2h15m
MU5939 Shangrila(10:35)-Lhasa(12:45) 2h10m
MU5827 Kunming(12:40)-Lhasa(15:45) 3h5m
MU2131 Kashgar(09:15)-Ngari(10:50) 1h25m

Flights from Tibet

Flight No. Departure – Arrival Duration
MU9620 Lhasa(11:55)-Xian(14:40) 2h45m
MU2334 Lhasa(12:00)-Xian(14:55) 2h55m
MU2336 Lhasa(16:05)-Xian(19:00) 2h55m
MU9626 Shigatse(15:10)-Xian(18:35) 3h25m
MU5826 Lhasa(14:00)-Chengdu(15:55) 1h55m
MU5940 Lhasa(13:35)-Lijiang(15:20) 2h45m
MU5828 Lhasa(16:45)-Kunming(19:15) 2h30m
MU2132 Ngari(11:30)-Kashgar(13:15) 1h45m