Another China carrier to mount Philippine flights next month

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SHANGHAI-BASED China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. will start direct flights to Manila next month, a move the carrier said in a statement yesterday forms part of continuing expansion of its overseas service network.

 

“This new service further strengthens China Eastern’s overall route network and provides additional options for its customers… from its Shanghai hub with the addition of daily service between Manila and Shanghai,” China Eastern said, referring to its maiden flight to Manila scheduled on Oct. 19.

The Manila-Shanghai flight departs at 4:55 a.m. and arrives at 8:15 a.m., while the Shanghai-Manila flight departs at 11:55 p.m. and arrives at 3:40 a.m.

Flight will use 146-seater A320 aircraft.

In the same statement, the carrier also announced a $20 round-trip (Manila-Shanghai-Manila) promo rate, excluding taxes, for Web bookings from Oct. 19 to Nov. 30. Reservation and purchase should be done 14 days before departure, it added.

China Eastern, which the statement said has a fleet of more than 430 aircraft for long- and short-haul operations, bagged a permit last April from the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to operate for a year.

China Eastern started operation in 1957, according to the company’s Web site. In 1997, China Eastern became the first Chinese airline listed simultaneously on the New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai stock markets, it added.

As one of the three major airlines in mainland China, it operates in 50 overseas and 11 domestic hubs, the company said.

The company also “holds controlling shares of over 24 subsidiaries, including Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Yunnan Airlines, China Cargo Airlines Co. Ltd. and China United Airlines,” it said.

China Eastern joins two other China-based carriers already operating in the Philippines, namely: Air China Ltd. and China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd.

Including the Chinese carriers, 39 foreign airlines were operating in the Philippines as of end-2012, according to CAB records. (Business World)