China Eastern announced the launch of their year-round Auckland to Shanghai service at an event in Auckland today, commencing four-times weekly flights from 26 September 2015.
The airline’s announcement will add an additional 100,000 seats per year on the Auckland/Shanghai/Auckland route, representing an important boost in seat capacity to accommodate growing numbers of Chinese tourists who wish to visit New Zealand.
A significant presence in the aviation world, China Eastern boasts a fleet of 500 aircrafts and carries more than 80 million passengers a year over 350 destinations within China, as well as 40 international destinations.
Ms Kathy Zhang, General Manager Oceania for China Eastern Airlines, says the expansion from a seasonal service to a year-long round offer is due to the strong demand for its service since China Eastern entered the New Zealand market in 2014.
“We have seen strong uptake of our fares to Auckland, as New Zealand continues to be a desirable destination for Chinese travellers. We’re excited to be able to extend our relationship with New Zealand by providing regular flights year-round and are celebrating with a limited number of special fares.”