Book Flights on China Eastern Airlines
China Eastern Airlines was founded in 1988, and is one of China’s three major airlines. In addition to its major hub in Shanghai, the airline also operates regional hubs at Xi’an and Kunming and flies to over 180 destinations, the majority of which are in China and East Asia.
The airline has won several hospitality and service quality awards, including a 10-Year Cordial Service Award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and a Five-Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences. China Eastern Airlines’ aircraft are white, with red, blue, and gold bands running across the sides of the plane. The airline logo of a white bird of a blue and red background is seen on the aircraft tail.
As a part of the Skyteam Alliance, China Eastern Airlines has codeshare and partnership agreements with 15 other Skyteam members including Delta, Aeroflot, Air France, Korean Air, and China Southern. China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, the airline’s holding company, also operates air cargo services.
The airline offers three easy options for check-in:
Online Check-in: The easiest way to check-in for China Eastern Airlines flights is via the airline’s website. However, this facility can only be used on certain routes by adult passengers who have electronic tickets, and who do not have any special requirements. Anyone under the age of 12 years cannot use this service so families with young children should check-in together at the airport counter. The online check-in counter timings vary depending on which route flying, so check the airline’s website at least 24 hours before your scheduled departure.
Self-service Kiosks: The airline has self-service check-in kiosks at most airports where it operates and you can use these to check-in and print out your boarding pass. In addition to avoiding a lot wait at the airport counter at peak travel times, you can also use this service to choose your seat options, pay excess baggage fees, and add your frequent flyer points.
Airport Counter Check-in: If you’re travelling with children, have special on-board requirements, or carrying a lot of luggage, an airport counter check-in is the best option. The check-in times vary depending on whether you’re flying long or short-haul routes, so visit the airline’s website to find out when you should reach the airport.
Boarding for international flights can close as early as 45 minutes before the scheduled departure time, while domestic services can close boarding procedures up to 30 minutes before departure. For all flights, remember to carry valid, government-issued photo identification.
Checked Luggage Restrictions for China Eastern Airlines
Baggage allowances on China Eastern Airlines depend on the flight route and type of ticket you’ve purchased.
For flights within China and the East Asia region, Economy Class passengers can carry one bag of up to 20 kg, Business Class passengers can carry one bag of up to 30 kg, and First Class passengers can carry one bag of up to 40 kg. On some routes, infants who pay at least 10% of an adult fare are given a baggage allowance of 10 kg and passengers travelling on First or Business Class tickets are allowed to carry two bags, each weighing no more than 32 kg.
For flights on the China-America and China-Canada routes, Economy Class passengers can check-in two items of luggage, and each should not exceed 23 kg while Business and First Class passengers can carry two bags, each weighing 32 kg. Infant strollers can be transported at no extra cost, as long as they are completely folded.
No item of checked-in luggage should measure more than 158 cm and members of the airlines’ Eastern Miles frequent flyer programme can also use their points to pay for excess baggage charges. For more information on checked-in luggage restrictions, visit the airline’s website.
Carry-On Baggage Restrictions for China Eastern Airlines
Passengers on all China Eastern Airlines flights are allowed only one piece of carry-on luggage. For Economy Class passengers, each carry-on item should not weigh more than 7 kg, while Business Class and First Class passengers are allowed up to 10 kg and 15 kg respectively. Business and First Class passengers are also allowed to bring small additional items like garment bags free of charge.
No cabin baggage item should measure more than 23 cm x 36 cm x 56 cm.
China Eastern Airlines Special Luggage Requirements
Items like golf clubs, surfboards, musical instruments, and skis, are subject to special terms, conditions, and charges. The airline does not allow important documents, money, certificates, and other such items to be checked-in and potentially dangerous items like firearms, knives, and flammable liquids will also not be transported. Passengers requiring an in-flight oxygen supply should inform the airline of this requirement at least 48 hours in advance and will have to pay an additional fee for this service.
Visit the airline’s website for more detailed information on China Eastern Airlines’ special luggage requirements.
China Eastern Airlines operates three seating options – First Class, Business Class, and Economy Class. However, the airline’s fleet includes 14 different types of aircraft including several Airbus models, Boeing aircraft, and McDonnell Douglas (MD-90) planes, and most flights offer either a single Economy Class seating, or an additional First Class or Business Class option.
The Airbus A340 and A340 planes are the only ones operated by China Eastern Airlines which offers all three seat classes on one flight. These planes can seat between 262 and 320 passengers, depending on the seat configuration and aircraft model. The seating details for these aircraft are listed below.
Economy Class has a seat pitch of about 81.2 - 83.8 cm, with a shared or personal video screen for each passenger, depending on the model of the aircraft. The seats are configured in a 2-4-2 formation, except toward the rear of the aircraft, where they are in a 2-3-2 formation. Each seat also has an adjustable headrest and footrest.
Business Class seats have a pitch of about 147.3 - 152.4 cm and each passenger has a personal TV screen, power outlets for connecting laptops or music devices, and a satellite phone facility. Seats are configured in a 2-2-2 formation and have extra storage space for personal items like shoes and handbags.
First Class has a seat pitch of about 203.2 cm. The seats recline to 180-degrees, and each passenger has an individual TV screen and power outlet for electronic devices. Satellite phone services are also provided and seats are configured in a 1-2-1 formation, with a total of eight seats per aircraft.
Don’t forget about Roxy!
With the exception of service dogs which travel free of charge, no animals are allowed to travel as carry-on luggage. Even animals that are being transported as checked-in cargo must meet specific conditions regarding vaccinations, veterinary certification, and entry permits for the destination country.
For a complete list of requirements to transport your pet on China Eastern Airlines, contact the airline directly or visit the airline website.
Depending on the route and aircraft you are flying in, there are a variety of in-flight entertainment and meal options.
Economy Class passengers are provided with a entertainment choices which include movies, TV shows, games, and music, in English and regional languages. Dining options include meals from international cuisines and passengers on overnight flights or flights with a duration of more than eight hours are provided with amenity kits which include items like a toothbrush and socks.
Business Class passengers are provided with socks, eye-shades, and custom toiletries. Passengers enjoy added privacy with adjustable screen dividers between every seat. Meal options include several menu choices and a selection of wines and other alcoholic beverages, as well as dessert.
First Class passengers get the ultimate in luxury treatment, with a turn-down service, a selection of fine wines to choose from, and a personalized meal. The large personal seating area is furnished in leather and wood and has completely reclining seats, so that by the time you change into the designer pyjamas, put on your eye-shades, and pull on your socks, you may even forget you’re on an airplane.
Business and First Class passengers enjoy a wide range of entertainment options which includes 30 films in up to eight languages, 30 TV shows, 17 music magazines, 170 music CDs, audio books, radio programs, strategy and video games, and language courses.
For more information on China Eastern Airlines’ in-flight experience, visit the airline’s website.
The airline’s fleet includes 355 aircraft, incorporating both wide and narrow-body planes from Airbus, Boeing, and McDonnell Douglas.
China Eastern Airlines operates lounges at larger airports like Beijing and Singapore, as well as its hub in Shanghai. Lounge facilities include cold and hot snacks, beer and non-alcoholic beverages, magazines, televisions, and newspapers, all of which are available to First and Business Class passengers. VIP Elite members of the airline’s Eastern Miles frequent flyer program can also use the lounge facilities.