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Shanghai-based China Eastern airlines, Qantas' Chinese partner, is boosting its Sydney-China schedule this month with new flights to Beijing and Nanjing plus two extra weekly flights between Sydney and Shanghai.
The thrice weekly Nanjing-Beijing flight will start 21 December. MU740 is a one-hop direct flight from Sydney at 1130 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It stops in Nanjing at 1930 for just over an hour before reaching Beijing at 2240.
Return flight MU739 runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, leaving Beijing at 1550, stopping in Nanjing two hours later and leaving for Sydney at 1930, arriving at 0930 the following morning.
The flight will be the first direct service from Australia to Nanjing, the capital of eastern Chinese economic powerhouse Jiangsu province, roughly 300 km west of Shanghai's Pudong airport.
And speaking of Pudong, two additional weekly overnight Sydney-Shanghai flights starting 14 December will also provide a welcome timetable boost for business travellers.
MU736 will be a red-eye run from Sydney, departing at 2130 on Fridays and Saturdays, arriving at Shanghai Pudong the next morning at 0500.
On the way back, MU735 leaves Shanghai at a sleep-friendly 2355 on Thursdays and Fridays, arriving in Sydney at 1335 the next day.
Existing daily flights are noon departures from Sydney and 2020 departures from Shanghai.
China Eastern is one of China's big four airlines, and will use Airbus A330 planes on both routes. Business class passengers will find angled lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 configuration up front, while it's the standard 2-4-2 economy layout down the back.
Qantas Frequent Flyer members can earn points on China Eastern, as laid out in the QFF China Eastern partner earning table.
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