China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited (Chino: 中国东方航空公司, colloquially known as 东航)is an airline headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building, on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Changning District, Shanghai, China. 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 Kunming Changshui International Airport and Xi’an Xianyang International Airport. China Eastern Airlines is China’s second-largest carrier by passenger numbers. China Eastern and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines became the 14th member of SkyTeam on 21 Junio 2011.
En 2012, China Eastern Airlines carried 73.08 million domestic and international passengers with an average load factor of 73%. En marzo 2012 it was announced that China Eastern was forging a strategic alliance with the Qantas Group to set up Jetstar Hong Kong, a new low cost airline to be based at Hong Kong International Airport, which will commence operations in 2013. China Eastern Airlines has a strong presence on routes in Asia, América del norte y 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. En 2007 it began operations to New York from Shanghai, making it the longest non-stop route for the airline. En 22 November China Eastern Airlines started twice-weekly seasonal flights on the Shanghai–Brisbane route but these flights didn’t continue during 2010/11. Instead, the carrier operated charters to Cairns.
China Eastern Airlines’s frequent-flyer program is called Eastern Miles (simplified Chinese: 东方万里行; Chino tradicional: 東方萬里行). Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern’s subsidiary, is also part of the program. Enrollment is free of charge.
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