China Eastern Airlines has deployed its brand-new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to New York.
The new three-class, 316-seat aircraft touched down in the Big Apple for the first time on 15 November, having replaced the old Airbus A340-600 aircraft on the route from Shanghai.
China Eastern will now be able to operate a daily service on the route, with flights departing Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport at 1155, arriving at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport at 1325. The return service takes off from JFK at 1525, and gets back to Shanghai at 1925.
China Eastern has now taken delivery of two B777-300ER jets, one in September and the other in October. The new long-haul jets are the first in its fleet to feature the airline’s new branding and livery, while on the inside passengers are offered a choice of six seats in first class, 52 in business class and 258 in economy.
In total China Eastern has ordered 20 B777-300ERs, which it will use to gradually replace its A340s. Another two aircraft will be delivered in the next two months, and will be deployed on the daily services between Shanghai and Los Angeles from January 2015.
In future, the new aircraft will be used to upgrade existing services to other North American destinations, including San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.