Travellers on either side of the Pacific will have their pick of more flights when China Eastern Airlines launches its second daily flight between Vancouver and Shanghai on July 20, 2013.
Using Airbus 330-200 aircraft with room for up to 230 passengers, flights operate daily:
• MU581 arrives at YVR at 9:10a.m.; MU582 departs at 1:20 p.m.
• MU597 arrives at YVR at 7:40 p.m.; MU598 departs at 1:30 a.m.
China Eastern’s 14 weekly flights are expected to connect up to 204,000 travellers between Vancouver and Shanghai in 2013 alone. The service increase also bring the tally of weekly flights connecting YVR to mainland China and Hong Kong to a grand total of 75 – more than any other airport in North America.
As the Airport Authority continues to build a gateway airport that will make it fast and easy for all passengers to travel through YVR, China Eastern has also updated its service, by investing in new aircraft on the YVR-PVG route, offering more onboard services and even redesigning cabin crew uniforms.
Every additional long-haul flight operating out of YVR gives a substantial boost to the local economy. China Eastern’s additional flights will generate the equivalent of more than 470 full-time jobs, both at YVR and in B.C.’s hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist attractions. Together, this activity will generate more than $17 million in wages, almost $10 million in taxes and almost $28 million in added Gross Domestic Product for B.C. These flights will also make it easier for B.C. businesses to reach new customers, suppliers and investors in China.
Based in Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines is one of the three largest airlines in China, carrying approximately 80 million customers on more than 400 planes with an average fleet age of less than seven years. In 2012, China Eastern Airlines was named Most Improved Airline by Skytrax World Airline Awards. The airline first began operations to and from YVR in June 2004.
Minister of State and Richmond M.P. Alice Wong, B.C. Premier Christy Clark, Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Teresa Wat and Madam Consul General Fei Liu joined China Eastern Airlines Canada General Manager Margaret Meng and YVR CEO Craig Richmond at a July 19 news conference to mark the service increase.