IN BRIEF | SkyTeam alliance member China Eastern Airlines is planning to launch Sydney-Wuhan-Xi’an flights by the year’s end.
Using an Airbus A330 aircraft, the service would directly link Sydney and Wuhan by October 2016, pending the success of an application filed with the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and would allow passengers to connect onwards to Xi’an under the same flight number.
While tight-lipped on an exact launch date, flight schedule or any potential codeshare deal with joint venture partner Qantas, a China Eastern spokesperson noted to Australian Business Traveller that “we will have official announcement once everything is confirmed.”
This latest play follows a string of news from Chinese airlines over the past months as China Eastern also prepares to resume Brisbane-Shanghai flights.
Joining those: new Sydney-Xi'an and Sydney-Changsha flights with Hainan Airlines, Melbourne-Qingdao-Shenyang flights with Beijing Capital Airlines, and both Sydney-Chengdu and Melbourne-Shenzhen from Air China.
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