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SkyTeam alliance member China Eastern Airlines will launch new non-stop Sydney-Kunming flights on November 26.
Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft with both business class and economy, the airline will fly three times a week in each direction, departing both cities on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
From Sydney, flight MU778 is wheels-up at 8:50pm for an early 5am arrival in Kunming the following morning, while the return flight, MU777, takes to the skies at 12:50am local time in China, reaching Sydney at 2:45pm.
“This marks a new route for Sydney Airport and reinforces our position as the world’s leading airport for Chinese long haul airlines, with 13 routes between Sydney and mainland China,” said Sydney Airport MD and CEO Kerrie Mather.
“Kunming is also an inviting destination for Sydneysiders to visit, with attractions including the Lijiang Ancient City and Honghe Hani Terraces, as well as being a gateway to South East Asian countries including Nepal, Myanmar and Cambodia,” Mather adds.
Less than two weeks prior to the Kunming launch, China Eastern will also kick off new Sydney-Hangzhou-Beijing flights alongside the airline’s existing Sydney-Shanghai and Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing routes.