China Eastern to link Qingdao with San Francisco, Manila

18 Jul 2013

China Eastern has announced two upcoming new routes in the Asia-Pacific region: Qingdao – Shanghai – San Francisco service starting on August 8 and Shanghai – Manila to be launched on October 18.

The Qingdao – Shanghai – San Francisco route will be serviced by an A330-200 configured with 24 business and 240 economy class seats. The outbound leg will operate every Tuesday and Thursday, departing Qingdao at 1005 to arrive in Shanghai at 1125 before taking off again at 1300 for 0930 touchdown in San Francisco. The return leg on Tuesdays and Sundays departs the Fog City at 1200, arrives Shanghai at 1600 and leaves again at 1750 to reach Qingdao at 1910.

Internationally, Qingdao airport is only linked to four cities in Japan, Incheon in South Korea, and Hong Kong. Travellers from there hoping to reach North America have to catch a connecting flight in either Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo or Seoul. This new service, however, will allow passengers to travel all the way through on the same plane.

The airline also will strengthen its service to Southeast Asia with a new operation from Shanghai to Manila. The daily service will be operated by an A320 configured with eight business and 150 economy class seats. The flight departs Shanghai at 2355 and lands in the Philippine capital at 0340, while the return leg leaves at 0455 to arrive back in China at 0815.

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Valerian Ho

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