China Eastern Airlines Doubles Number of Vancouver-Shanghai Flights
China Eastern Airlines said it had launched its second daily flight between Vancouver International Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport on Friday. The airline originally started service to Vancouver in July 2004.
Both daily flights operate using 234-passenger Airbus A330-200 aircraft with business and coach cabins. The business-class cabin has a 2-2-2 configuration. Each seat is 21” wide and pitched at 78”. Seats in the main cabin are 18” wide and have a pitch ranging from 32” to 33”.
The first flight arrives in Vancouver at 9:10 a.m. local time; the second comes at 7:40 p.m. Flights depart Vancouver at 1:20 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
With 75 flights, Vancouver currently offers more destinations and flights to mainland China and Hong Kong than any other airport in North America. Visitors to Shanghai can take advantage of the new 72-hour visa exemption program. China Eastern said it had invested in new aircraft, upgraded onboard services, and redesigned cabin crew uniforms with this flight in mind.
China Eastern is one of the world’s largest airlines based on passenger volume. It has a fleet of 430 long- and short-haul aircraft with an average fleet age of roughly seven years.
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