Qantas partner China Eastern will begin non-stop flights between Sydney and Hangzhou, China from November 16, with the route also continuing onwards to Beijing.
Using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft, the airline will offer three flights per week in each direction with both business class and economy.
From Sydney, passengers will push back at 10:15pm on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays to reach Hangzhou at 5:50am the following morning aboard flight MU712, before continuing onwards to Beijing at 7:50am ahead of a 10:10am arrival.
On the return, MU711 is wheels-up at 8pm from Beijing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, stopping in at Hangzhou at 10:15pm, continuing onwards at 11:45pm and arriving in Sydney at 1:30pm the next day.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming China Eastern Airlines’ new Hangzhou service in November, marking the twelfth mainland Chinese city served by Sydney Airport,” said Kerrie Mather, Sydney Airport MD and CEO.
“Hangzhou is also one of China’s most popular tourist destinations. Located on the spectacular West Lake, it’s home to many famous historical and cultural sites, making it a unique place to explore,” Mather adds.
The new route will alternate by day of the week with China Eastern’s existing Sydney-Nanjing-Beijing service to provide additional options for Beijing-bound travellers, in addition to opening up Hangzhou as a non-stop destination.
China Eastern also flies daily between Sydney and Shanghai which it will boost to twice-daily from mid-December.
Business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus frequent flyers can visit the SkyTeam Lounge at Sydney Airport before their flight, while Qantas Club members and Qantas Gold frequent flyers can visit the Qantas business class lounge when booked on a QF codeshare flight number (where sold).
Qantas Platinum and Platinum One members can also stop by the Qantas First Lounge at Sydney Airport, again when booked on a Qantas QF flight number – but as with Gold and Qantas Club, there’s no Qantas lounge access if booked under a China Eastern MU flight number.
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