China Eastern Airlines Co. Ltd is headquartered in the China Eastern Airlines Building on the grounds of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport (SHA), which is the primary domestic airport serving Shanghai, China.


China Eastern Airlines was established on 25 June 1988; the Chinese government primarily owns it with a stake of 61.64%. On 21 June 2011, the airline and its subsidiary Shanghai Airlines became the 14th member of SkyTeam airline alliance, which is currently the second largest airline association in the world.

China Eastern Airlines manages a fleet of over 430 aircraft that in 2014 carried 83 million domestic and international passengers, which in terms of passenger transportation volume ranks places it among the top 5 airlines in the world transporting passengers from Shanghai to 1000 cities in 187 countries.

Members of Eastern Miles (frequent-flyer program) can enjoy member benefits and use any one of the 525 VIP lounges across the world within all 19 SkyTeam member airlines.

The following benefits are available to Gold Members:
  • Priority for seat reservation, waitlisting and class upgrade
  • First Class Lounge Access with a companion
  • Extra Luggage Allowance: 40 kilograms (88 lb) for domestic flights and 20 kg (44 lb) for international flights
  • First Class tag (Priority baggage handling)
  • First Class Counter with a companion

China Eastern Airlines has been rewarded the “Golden Ting Award 2012” by the China Capital Market Annual Conference. The airline is recognised as one of the 50 most valuable Chinese brands by WPP and has been ranked among the top ten on FORTUNE China CSR Ranking 2013.

In February 2010, China Eastern Airlines merged with Shanghai Airlines (China’s first commercial airline of multiple investments).

In 2015, the China Eastern Airlines entered a partnership with Delta Air Lines, a major American airline and one of the four founding members of SkyTeam.

China Eastern Airlines was the first Chinese carrier to place an order with Airbus, the civil aircraft manufacturer. The airline frequently appears on Air Traffic Controller (Japanese air-traffic-control video game).

The airline connects 1000 cities in 187 countries with a strong presence in Asia, North America and Australia.