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.