The new direct service to Brisbane will commence on 16 January 2016, operating three times a week.
Flights will leave Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 1740, arriving in Brisbane at 0625 the next morning. The return service will depart at 1100 every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving back in Shanghai at 1930.
China Eastern will deploy a two-class Airbus A330-200 aircraft on the route, configured with 30 flat-bed seats in business class and 204 seats in economy.
Then on 18 March 2016, the airline will launch three weekly flights direct from Shanghai to Chicago. Services will depart Pudong Airport every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday at 1140, arriving at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport at 1240. From Chicago, the inbound flight will take off at 1500 and get back to Shanghai at 1910 the next day.
Like all China Eastern’s other US routes, the Chicago flight will be operated using a new three-class 316-seat Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which offers six private suites in first class, 52 flat-bed seats in business class and 258 seats in economy.
Chicago will become the carrier’s fourth US destination, following New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, while Brisbane will mark China Eastern’s third regular Australian port-of-call, following Sydney and Melbourne.
Shanghai-Brisbane is not currently served direct by any airlines, while China Eastern will complete with United and American Airlines on the Shanghai-Chicago sector.