Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines will restart direct flights from Sydney to Nanjing and Wuhan from July 2023 as the SkyTeam member and Qantas partner continues to rebuild its Australian network.
The Sydney-Nanjing and Sydney-Wuhan services will run three times a week, with each o an Airbus A330 jet fitted with China Eastern’s latest 1-2-1 business class flatbeds.
Nanjing is the capital city and a historical and cultural hub of China’s Jiangsu province, while Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province and the largest city in Central China.
A China Eastern spokesperson confirmed to Executive Traveller that Sydney-Nanjing flights would resume from July 19, departing Sydney at noon every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
The Sydney-Wuhan flights will begin on July 17 with an 11.20am departure every Monday, Thursday and Saturday.
Business class travellers and top-tier Platinum members of China Eastern’s Eastern Miles loyalty program can visit the Qantas Business Lounge at Sydney Airport’s international T1 terminal ahead of departure, as can Qantas Gold and Platinum frequent flyers.
Of course, if these China Eastern flights are booked under a QF flight number as part of the Qantas-China Eastern alliance you’ll also earn a hefty serve of Qantas Points and Status Credits.
China Eastern also flies daily from Sydney to Shanghai – a route which Qantas will resume in late October – on its Airbus A350, with daily Melbourne-Shanghai flights on a Boeing 787.
Both these jets feature the same impressive business class seats with sliding privacy doors, with the first row set aside for a ‘business plus’ offering with a larger video screen, more room, companion seating and a personal mini-bar.