Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines is responding to increased demand for services between Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) and Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport (SYD), with the carrier planning to expand its daily service between the two cities to 11x weekly from June 23rd. Sydney-siders welcomed this, with China Eastern only increasing their operations to daily from February 2nd this year onward.
The airline already operates a daily service between PVG and SYD with its state-of-the-art Airbus A350-900. However, the additional services will be facilitated by the Boeing 777.
As previously reported by Simple Flying, China's zero-COVID policy is now a thing of the past, and demand is gaining momentum. Since February this year, China Southern has increased its capacity between Sydney and Guangzhou multiple times, operating up to ten weekly services since March 26th. Air China also resumed operations in Sydney on February 3rd, initially with three weekly services.
With international operations now firmly back on Chinese carrier's radar, the China International Capital Corporation (CICC) predicts that financial recovery for the Chinese big three may return to the black “might be faster than market expectations.” The CICC expects international and regional operations to return to at least 60% of pre-2019 levels this year.
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