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China Eastern Airlines is a Chinese airline headquartered at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport in Shanghai, China. The airline is a major Chinese low-cost airline carrier operating international, domestic and regional routes. Other than destinations within China, China Eastern flies to cities across the rest of Asia, Europe, North America and Oceania. Along with China Southern and Air China is one of the big three airlines of China. The airline flies to more than 200 destinations overall and has a fleet size of 500+ aircraft. China Eastern Airlines operates around 2,400 scheduled passenger flights daily.

Currently, China Eastern has subsidaries with Shanghai AirlinesOTT Airlines, China Cargo Airlines, China Eastern Yunnan and China United Airlines.

China Eastern Airlines is a member of SkyTeam alliance and, in addition, the airline also has codeshare agreements with Asiana AirlinesEtihad AirwaysJapan AirlinesKorean Air, Qantas and Virgin America.

Baggage Policy

China Eastern Airlines has different rules for carry-on and checked baggage. Your baggage allowance will also depend on the cabin class you fly in.

Carry-on Baggage

Passengers flying in Economy Class and Business Class are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage weighing no more than 10kg / 22lbs, while First Class passengers are permitted two pieces of carry-on baggage with a maximum weight of 10 kg / 22 lbs per piece. This applies to both domestic and international flights. To make your airport journey quick and easy, please donnot pack any prohited items in your carry-on baggage. Prohibited items include illegal substances, liquids over 100ml, explosives and sharp objects.

On domestic flights, passengers have a size limit of 55 cm (21.6") x 40 cm (15.8") x 20 cm (7.9").

On international flights, passengers have a size limit of 56 cm (22") x 45 cm (17.7") x 25 cm (9.8").

Checked Baggage

Checked baggage allowance will depend on the cabin class and the route flown.

No one piece of baggage can exceed the overall dimensions of 158 cm (62") on all flights.

Cabin Classes

The class fares available depend on the aircraft and flight duration. The airline's fleet includes an all Economy Class aircraft, two-cabin aircraft (Business Class and Economy Class) and three-cabin aircraft (First Class, Business Class and Economy Class).

Economy Class

Economy class is the perfect option for value for money.

Economy Class Facilities

Enjoy laptop power points and in-cabin drop-down TV screens. Catch up with the latest TV shows and movies in-flight.

Economy Class Seating

Enjoy comfortable seats and the highest quality service.

China Eastern Business Class passengers enjoy larger seats as well as greater privacy in reverse herringbone seats. Individual footrests and headrests provided. A minimum seat pitch of 32 inches is guaranteed.

Business Class

Business Class Facilities

Onboard, enjoy laptop power points and individual interactive entertainment system.

Business Class Seating

Passengers flying Business can look forward to indulging in a finest level of luxury and comfort. The new angled lie-flat seats, with in-built massage feature, will ensure you are able to relax.

First Class

First Class is China Eastern's most premium cabin class, with a cabin crew dedicated to serving First Class passengers.

First Class Facilities

You are given priority check-in and boarding and access to First Class lounges prior to the flight.

In-flight, you'll receive a welcome drink and can enjoy a fine-dining experience, with food and drink from the airline's First Class menu.

Each passenger has a personal TV screen, which they can enjoy the airline's in-flight entertainment on. Passengers are also given a First Class amenity kit, which includes toiletries, an eye mask, pyjamas, slippers, earplugs and more.

First Class Seating

First Class seats are set out in 1 x 2 x 1 formation. Each First Class seat is in a private suite and transforms into a lie-flat bed. Seats have 79" (200 cm) of pitch and 26.5" (67 cm) of width.

In-flight Entertainment & WIFI

You can enjoy a range of videos, films, TV shows, music and games with China Eastern's in-flight entertainment system, which is available complimentary on all China Eastern long-haul flights. There a range of movies in-flight including Blockbusters, Marvel movies and old school classics.


Passengers in-flight WIFI from the moment that they take off with China Eastern Airlines WIFI. China Eastern Airlines Wi-Fi allows passengers to connect their electronic device to the internet so that you can keep in touch with the outside the world for the entirety of the flight.

China Eastern Airlines offer WIFI at different price plans. WIFI can be applied for on the China Eastern Airlines Wi-Fi page.

Food & Drink

China Eastern Airlines offers a variety of food and drink to its customers onboard. Please note that the menu will vary depending on the class in which you fly in.

China Eastern Airlines Meal Options

Food provided on China Eastern Airlines flights will depend on the details of the flight, such as start and end location, time of day and duration of the flight and the cabin class. On all long-haul flights China Eastern Airlines will provide you with free meals, snacks and drinks. Please contact us for details of the meal provided on the flight.

China Eastern Airlines Special Dietary Requirements

Passengers on China Eastern Airline flights can pre-order special meals should they require it. These must be pre-ordered before travelling, often 48 hours before. Please see the China Eastern website for a list of special meals available.

China Eastern Airlines Drinks & Alcohol

There is a drink service provided on China Eastern Airlines flights where the duration is long enough to facilitate this service. Alcoholic beverages will be available to purchase on-board.


China Eastern Airlines passengers can check in online for a quick and easy airport journey.

Online Check-in

Passengers can check-in online by visiting our online check-in page and clicking on the China Eastern logo, which will redirect them to the China Eastern online check-in page. To check-in, passengers must enter the relevant travel details to check-in. Online check-in opens 48–24 hours before scheduled flight departure time, depending on the airport where passengers are flying from. Please ensure to have your boarding pass printed or saved to your phone wallet ready to show at the check-in desk. If you don't check-in online, you may be charged for the printing of the boarding passes.

Airport Check-in

Passengers can check-in at the airport from 150 minutes to 45 minutes before scheduled flight departure time, unless stated otherwise. Passengers should be at the security checkpoint at least 40 minutes before departure. To check-in, passengers must visit one of the airline check-in desks at the airport of departure with the relevant travel documents.

Frequent Flyer Programme

China Eastern Airlines' frequent flyer programme is called 'Eastern Miles'.

Eastern Miles

China Eastern Airlines operates a frequent flyer program to reward regular passengers with the airline, called Eastern Miles. As an Eastern Miles member, passengers can earn Eastern Miles points through taking CEA flights or partner airlines flights. These miles can be used to purchase future flights on China Eastern or any of its partner airlines.

Airline Alliance

China Eastern Airlines is currently a member of the SkyTeam alliance.


China Eastern is part of the SkyTeam Alliance. The alliance is a leading global airline network, with 19 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines such as Aerolineas Argentinas, AeroMexico, Air Europa, China Southern, Alitalia, China Airlines, Delta, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM and others. SkyTeam Alliance network has over 16,000 daily flights, with more than 1,000 destinations in over 170 countries.

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Destinations that China Eastern Airlines flies to

China Eastern Airlines flies to a number of destinations, below is a detailed table of all its destinations:

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Hub Airport

China Eastern Airlines is based at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), which is the main airport serving Shanghai for domestic flights but facilitates has a small number of international flights. The airport is situated close to the town of Hongqiao in Changning District and Minhang District, 13 km west of downtown. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA) has two runways with over 3,300m length each, two terminal buildings and a capacity of over 40 million passengers each year. In 2016 Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport handled over 40 million passengers, making it one the busiest airports in China.

Hongqiao International Airport is also hub for Shanghai AirlinesJuneyao Airlines and Spring Airlines. Other airlines which use Shanghai Hongqiao Airport include Air ChinaAir MacauChina Southern AirlinesEVA AirHainan AirlinesHebei AirlinesShandong AirlinesShanghai Airlines and Japan Airlines.


China Eastern Airlines has a huge fleet with over 600 aircraft, making it one of the biggest airlines (by fleet size) in the world. The airline uses aircraft manufactured by Airbus, Boeing and Comac, including models such as the A319A320A321A330, A350, B737, B787, ARJ21-700 and C919.

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Which terminal does China Eastern fly from?

China Eastern Airlines uses Terminal 1 at Shanghai Pudong Airport for its scheduled passenger flights. However if you're flying from London Heathrow Airport, China Eastern Airlines uses Terminal 2. The terminal you fly from will depend on the airport you fly from - please check you're itinerary to find out which terminal will be used.