Photo: Hugh Sando
China Eastern Airlines commenced a series of three trial flights per week for five weeks between Shanghai to Perth, the first of which started today. The flights will operate from 15th January to 17th February 2020.
The series of trial flights is a partnership between China Eastern Airlines, West Australian State Governments Tourism WA & Tourism Australia.
China Eastern Airlines began exploring the possibility of direct services to Perth from Shanghai to Perth after discussions held in Perth on 23rd May 2017.
Today's inaugural flights CES265 departed just after midnight at 00.47hrs with a 185 passengers on board & arrived into Perth Airport at 09.42hrs after a flight time: 9hrs.01mins, landing RWY03 to ITB 151.
The outbound return flight to Shanghai CES266 departed at 12.03hrs off RWY03 & arrived at Shanghai Pudong Airport at 20.47hrs after a flight time of 8hrs.38mins.
Today's inaugural flight was operated by Airbus Industries A330-243 B-5936 msn 1461.