China Eastern is ramping up its services into Melbourne over the busy Australian summer period. I’ve already written about how China Eastern is taking its A330-200s off the Shanghai – Melbourne route from mid-January 2020, using Boeing 787-9s exclusively on the route.
That remains the case – both the current double daily China Eastern services between Shanghai and Melbourne will be operated exclusively by 787-9s from mid-January 2020.
But it isn’t quite the end of the A330-200 because the airline is laying on four extra services a week between Shanghai and Melbourne between 16 January 2020 and 15 February 2020. These additional flights will be operated by the A330-200.
Regular travellers out of Melbourne will be familiar with China Eastern’s midday departure and late evening departure. Over this January / February period, there will also be a mid-evening departure.
Courtesy of Routes Online, here’s the timetable for the additional service.
|Dep Shanghai (PVG)||MU7061||Tue,Thu, Sat, Sun||01:45|
|Arr Melbourne (MEL)||15:30|
|Dep Melbourne (MEL)||MU7062||Tue, Thu, Sat, Sun||20:50|
|Arr Shanghai (PVG)||04:20 (+1)|
Note that this additional service is currently operating between 16 January 2020 and 15 February 2020.
China Eastern is far from the most glamorous airline to grace Tullamarine but what it lacks in style it makes up for in cost savings and fast access into China’s key commercial city.
It is worth noting that China Eastern runs a few different seat configurations across its A330-200s. It won’t make much difference to economy class passengers but for passengers up the front, getting the right aircraft type will mean the difference between a 2-2-2 configuration or a 1-2-1 configuration.
The good news is that the A330-200 Melbourne service appears to be operated by aircraft with the later configuration. A few trial bookings on the China Eastern website throw up the A330-200 (33H) on the service and this aircraft type has 30 lie-flat business class seats in a 1-2-1 configuration.
For the remaining 202 passengers in economy class, it is a 2-4-2 configuration.
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