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China Eastern Airlines

Written by AppleUpdated Jan. 17, 2021

China Eastern Airlines is the second largest airlines in China in terms of passengers carried and the third largest airline in the world in terms of market value.

Quick Facts

  • English Name: China Eastern Airlines
  • Chinese Name: 中国东方航空股份有限公司
  • Total Asset: RMB 1,085,000,000,000
  • Brand Value: RMB 21,758,000,000
  • Employees: over 60,000
  • Alliance Member: Sky Team
  • IATA Code:MU
  • ICAO Code:CES
  • Callsign: China Eastern
  • Headquarters: Shanghai
  • Main Hubs: Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport, Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, and Kunming Wujiaba International Airport.
  • Focus Cities: Hefei Luogang International Airport, Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport, Wuxi Sunan Shuofang International Airport, Nanjing Lukou International Airport, Wuhan Tianhe international Airport, Qingdao Liuting International Airport, Ningbo Lishe International Airport, Jinan Yaoqiang International Airport, and Changzhou Bengniu International Airport.
  • Frequent Flyer Program: Eastern Miles
  • Official Website:


China Eastern AirlinesChina Eastern Airlines ranks second among the three largest airlines in China in terms of passengers carried, next only to China Southern Airlines. It is also the third largest airline in the world in terms of market value. China Eastern Airlines was the first civilian airline listed on the New York Stock Exchange, the Shanghai Stock Exchange, and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. With a brand value reaching RMB 21,758,000,000, it ranks 42nd on the list of China's 500 Most Influential Brands, as announced by World Brand Value Lab 2010. China Eastern Airlines has its headquarters in Shanghai, and it completed the acquisition of Shanghai Airlines in 2009.

With its main hub in Shanghai near the Yangtze River Delta Area, China Eastern Airlines' network connects over 150 destinations, including most of the major cities in China and many international destinations in Asia, Europe, Australia, and the U.S. China Eastern Airlines joined the world's second largest global airline alliance, Sky Team, in June 2011.


China Eastern Airlines' logo is a white artistic swallow on a circle background comprised of a red semicircle resembling the Sun and a dark blue semicircle resembling the seas. The tail of the swallow is also a transfiguration of the word "CE," short for "China Eastern."


China Eastern Airlines has been a member of Sky Team since 2011. After Star Alliance, Sky Team is the world's second largest airline alliance, with 15 member carriers flying to 926 destinations in 173 countries. Sky Team members have a co-location at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 2. Passengers can enjoy seamless connecting flights, Minimum Connect Times, flexible ticket transfers between Sky Team members, lower prices for a given route, and faster mileage rewards by earning miles for a single account when flying on any of the different carriers of Sky Team.

Sky Team Members

  • Aeroflot
  • Aeroméxico
  • Air Europa
  • Air France
  • Alitalia
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • China Southern Airlines
  • Czech Airlines
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Kenya Airways
  • KLM
  • Korean Air


China Eastern Airlines' passenger fleet comprises 270 aircrafts, mainly the A300, A320, A330, A340, Boeing 737, Boeing 767, C919, CRJ-200, and ERJ-145, among which Airbus craft comprise the majority. China Eastern Airlines has 102 A320 aircraft, which mainly serve domestic destinations.

China Eastern Airlines has extensive flights reaching over 90 domestic and about 60 international destinations. It longest non-stop route is from Shanghai to New York, which it has operated since 2007. Since March 2011, China Eastern Airlines has offered international flights from Shanghai to London.

As a member of the world's second largest airline alliance, Sky Team, China Eastern Airlines has greatly expanded its worldwide presence. In addition to its Sky Team members, China Eastern Airlines also has a code-share agreement with the following airlines:

  • All Nippon Airways (Star Alliance)
  • Asiana Airlines (Star Alliance)
  • Japan Airlines (Oneworld)
  • Qantas (Oneworld)

Domestic Destinations

Municipalities Beijing (Capital International Airport), Tianjin, Shanghai (Pudong International Airport and Hongqiao International Airport), Chongqing
Special Administrative Regions Hong Kong, Macau, Taipei (Songshan Airport and Taoyuang International Airport)
NORTH CHINA Henan Zhengzhou, Luoyang
Hebei Shijiazhuang
Shanxi Datong, Taiyuan, Yuncheng
Inner Mongolia Hohhot, Erdos, Baotou, Chifeng, Wuhai
Heilongjiang Harbin
Liaoning Shenyang, Dalian
EAST CHINA Shanghai Shanghai
Jiangsu Nanjing, Nantong, Xuzhou, Changzhou, Yancheng, Wuxi, Lianyungang, Huai'an
Zhejiang Hangzhou, Ningbo, Wenzhou, Huangyuan, Zhoushan
Anhui Huangshan, Hefei
Shandong Jinan, Qingdao, Yantai
Jiangxi Nanchang
SOUTH CHINA Hubei Wuhan, Yichang
Hunan Changsha, Zhangjiajie
Guangdong Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Shantou
Fujian Xiamen, Fuzhou, Wuyishan
Guangxi Guilin, Beihai, Nanning
Hainan Haikou, Sanya
SOUTHWEST CHINA Sichuan Chengdu, Kangding, Luzhou,Yibin, Songpan
Guizhou Guiyang
Yunnan Kunming, Jinghong, Lijiang, Luxi, Baoshan, Dali, Diqing, Lancang, Mang City, Simao, Tengchong, Wenshan, Zhaotong
Tibet Lhasa
Gansu Lanzhou, Dunhuang, Jiayuguan
Ningxia Yinchuan
Qinghai Xining, Golmud
Xinjiang Urumqi, Kashgar, Hotan, Yining

International Destinations

East Asia Japan Fukuoka, Fukushima, Hiroshima, Kagoshima, Komatsu, Matsuyama, Nagasaki, Nagoya, Niigata, Okayama, Okinawa, Osaka, Sapporo, Shizuoka, Tokyo (Haneda Airport, Narita International Airport)
South Korea Busan, Cheongju, Daegu, Jeju, Seoul (Gimpo International Airport, Incheon International Airport)
Mongolia Ulan Bator
South Asia India Kolkata, Delhi
Nepal Kathmandu
Maldives Malé
Bangladesh Dhaka
Sri Lanka Colombo
Southeast Asia Myanmar Yangon, Mandalay
Indonesia Bali
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur
Philippines Manila
Thailand Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai
Vietnam Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Hanoi
Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
Laos Vientiane
Southwest Asia United Arab Emirates Dubai


Carry-on Luggage

Each ticketed passenger is currently limited to one piece of carry-on baggage with a weight limit of 5 kg and a size limit of 20 cm x 40 cm x 55 cm (linear inch of 115 cm). Luggage exceeding this weight and size limitation should be checked.

Checked Luggage

Every piece of checked luggage should not exceed 50 kg and its size is limited to 40 cm x 60 cm x 100 cm for domestic flights, and a weight limit of 32 kg and a linear inch limit of 158 cm (62 in) for international flights. Luggage exceeding the above weight and size limitations will not be accepted.

Free Luggage Allowance (including both carry-on and checked luggage)

For Domestic Routes
  • First Class: 40 kg per passenger
  • Business Class: 30 kg per passenger
  • Economy Class: 20 kg per passenger
  • Infant Passengers: no separate free luggage allowance

For International Routes

The luggage allowance varies based on different routes. There two calculation rules applying for certain flights: by total weight and by pieces and limitation weight.

By total weight:
  • First Class: 40 kg per passenger
  • Business Class: 30 kg per passenger
  • Economy Class: 20 kg per passenger
  • Infant Passengers: 10 kg per passenger
By pieces:

First Class and Business Class: Two pieces of luggage, each with a weight limit of 32 kg. The linear inches are limited to 158 cm (62 in) for each piece of luggage.

Economy Class (routes to the U.S. and Canada): Two pieces of luggage, each with a 23 kg weight limit. The linear inches are limited to 158 cm (62 in) for each piece of luggage, and the sum of the linear inches of the two pieces of luggage should not exceed 273 cm.

Infant Passengers: One piece of luggage with a linear inch limit of 115 cm per piece and a car seat, bassinet, infant carrying seat, or stroller, which is not included as part of the free checked baggage limit.


Wheelchair Service

Passengers' own wheelchairs should be checked. If passengers need assistance and wheelchair services, they should make reservations 72 hours before departure.

Pregnant Women

There are no special restrictions on women during their early period of pregnancy (less than 32 weeks) subject to doctors' advice. Women in their 32nd to 36th weeks of pregnancy are requirement to produce a certificate of diagnosis issued by a doctor 72 hours before departure. Women in their late period of pregnancy (more than 36 weeks) are not allowed to travel on China Eastern Airlines flights.

Eastern Miles

Eastern Miles is the frequent flyer program for China Eastern Airlines. Members of Eastern Miles can earn and use miles on flights on China Eastern Airlines, member airlines of Sky Team, and Shanghai Airlines, a subsidiary of China Eastern Airlines. Sky Team members' frequent flyer programs can also earn and use miles on China Eastern Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.

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