China Eastern Commence Kunming To Sydney Services

China Eastern Airlines have today commenced their Kunming to Sydney services, this is following their recent Hangzhou service which started on the 16th of November.

The airline is using their A330-200 which seats 234 in a configuration of C38Y204 for both services.

© Kurt Ams

China Eastern touching down in Sydney from Kunming © Kurt Ams

China Eastern also announced that they will start a Wuhan service in the Lunar New Year in Janurary 2017.

“We’re delighted to welcome two new routes to Sydney Airport this month, with these direct China Eastern Airlines services from China’s Zhejiang and Yunnan provinces,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Kerrie Mather said.

“We’ll also see the start of China Eastern’s new direct Wuhan services just in time for Lunar New Year, serving central China’s major transportation hub and a booming population of over 10 million people in Wuhan city alone.

“These new services reinforce our strong connection to China, which will connect Sydney to 14 Chinese cities from January 2017.

China Eastern Kunming Inaugural © Kurt Ams

China Eastern Kunming Inaugural © Kurt Ams

Here are the following flight schedules:


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: MU711 departs Beijing at 2000, arrives Hangzhou at 2215, arrives in Sydney at 1330 the next day

Wednesday, Friday and Sunday: MU712 departs Sydney at 2215, departs Hangzhou at 0750 the next day, arrives in Beijing 1010 the next day


Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: MU777 departs Kunming at 0050, arrives in Sydney at 1445

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: MU778 departs Sydney at 2050, arrives in Kunming 0500 the next day


Wuhan (to commence 19 January 2017)

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: MU749 departs Wuhan at 2330, arrives in Sydney at 1330

Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: MU750 departs Sydney at 2215, arrives in Wuhan 0600 the next day

Bottom Line

As you can tell China Eastern are not slowing down their Australia expansion, Brisbane services will commence early December, Sydney and Melbourne will also have 777’s on the Shanghai route.




China Eastern First Class Availability Wide Open From Melbourne Or Sydney To Shanghai!

This morning I checked my emails and saw that China Eastern would be upgrading their Melbourne and Sydney routes to 777’s instead of A330’s. The good thing about this is that their 777 features a first class cabin, only consisting of 6 seats. The Airline is upgrading the route for the Northern Winter season 20JAN17 to 11FEB17.

Seeing this I decided I would have a look to see what the availability in first would be. Each 777 flight from Melbourne has four seats available in first class! 


Sydney is also showing first available every day but only two seats per flight


To find availability, I recommend using Expertflyer looking for the code A which is first class. You can also use Qantas to find space, but it sometimes is a pain to find on the website, so I recommend using their telephone line.

To book these rewards you can use any Skyteam partner and Qantas as they have a partnership. Qantas charge 216,000 points roundtrip which is very high so only use Qantas if you need to, otherwise use a different program e.g. Delta.


China Eastern Announce Kunming – Sydney Services

It’s quickly becoming a weekly occurrence that I’m blogging about another Chinese carrier announcing more routes to Sydney, well I’m adding to the list again.

China Eastern has announced that they will be operating services from Kunming to Sydney starting from 24 November 2016.


Based on current schedule filing, the Skyteam member plans to operate this route three times a week from 24NOV16, with Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Reservation will be available in the coming weeks.

MU777 KMG0050 – 1445SYD 332 246
MU778 SYD2050 – 0500+1KMG 332 246

Almost 70% off all Chinese services into Sydney and China Eastern will follow and use their not so stunning aircraft.

China Eastern A330 (image - Eurosport,

China Eastern A330 (image – Eurosport,

Bottom Line 

The high demand for more services is extremely evident by the amount of services these carriers are offering to Sydney. It’s fantastic for the tourism industry as China is Australia’s biggest travel market.