China Eastern Airlines is a Chinese airline, based in Shanghai, China. The airline operates international, domestic and regional routes, and its main hubs are located at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport and Shanghai Pudong International Airport. Civil Aviation Administration of China, Huadong Administration established the airline on June 25, 1988. Skytrax, a United Kingdom based consultancy, has given three stars to the airline. Go through the following lines to get information on the history and profile of China Easter Airlines.
In 1997, China Eastern Airlines acquired control over the loss-making China General Aviation and gained the distinction of being the country's first airline to offer shares on the international market. The airline founded China Cargo Airlines, in a joint venture with China Ocean Shipping, in 1998. China Eastern Airlines acquired the Air Great Wall in March 2001, and in 2002, China Yunnan Airlines and China Northwest Airlines were merged into China Eastern Airlines. Chinese Government holds 61.64% shares of Chinese Eastern Airlines while rest of the shares is held publicly.
As of April 2009, China Eastern Airlines has codeshare agreements with a number of international airlines that come under Oneworld Alliance, SkyTeam Alliance and Star Alliance. The Oneworld Alliance airlines include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines and Qantas Airways. Aeroméxico, China Southern Airlines and Korean Air are the airlines that come under the umbrella of SkyTeam Alliance. The Star Alliance airlines, which have agreed codeshare with China Easter Airlines, include Asiana airlines and Shanghai airlines.
China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu is a wholly owned subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines and uses aircraft from the parent company. China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu operates services from Nanjing. Another subsidiary is China Eastern Airlines, based in Wuhan and started its operations in 1986. Established in July 1992, China Eastern Yunnan Airlines scheduled domestic services on trunk and secondary routes, by using aircraft from its parent company. China Cargo Airlines was also a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines, but the former became independent in 2004. The cargo airline now covers destinations in Japan, North America and Europe.
Fleet And Destinations
China Eastern Airlines has a fleet of passenger and cargo aircrafts, which includes Airbus A300-600R, Airbus A319-100, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321-200, Airbus A330-200, Airbus A330-300, Airbus A340-300, Airbus A340-600, Boeing 737-300, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 767-300ER, Bombardier CRJ200, Embraer ERJ 145, McDonnell Douglas MD-90-30, Boeing 747-400ERF, Airbus A300-600RF and McDonnell Douglas MD-11F. Presently, China Eastern Airlines flies to a number of destinations around the world, including numerous cities in East, South and Southeast Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. In India, China Eastern Airlines flies to Delhi and Kolkata. Although the airline started serving its first African destination - Johannesburg, it discontinued the route in May 2008.