China Eastern to connect Kunming with Sydney

China Eastern Airlines' Airbus A330 aircraft (credit: Vytautas Kielaitis)
China Eastern Airlines’ Airbus A330 aircraft (credit: Vytautas Kielaitis)

China Eastern Airlines will expand its long-haul route map from Kunming later this year, with the launch of the city’s first ever flights to Australia.

Commencing on 24 November 2016, the Chinese carrier will launch three weekly flights direct between Kunming and Sydney, using its 264-seat, two-class Airbus A330 aircraft.

Flights will depart the Yunnan capital’s Changshui International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 0050 and arrive in Sydney at 1145. The return flight will then leave Sydney at 1750 and get back into Kunming at 0500 the next morning.

The route expands Sydney’s links with western China; at present Sichuan Airlines flies to the city from Chongqing and Air China recently announced plans to launch flights to Sydney from Chengdu.

China Eastern currently flies long-haul from Kunming to Paris and Vancouver, and plans to launch services to San Francisco later this year.

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