CHINA Eastern Airlines is planning to commence direct flights from Shanghai to Cairns in Queensland, Australia.

Beginning October 30, the carrier will operate thrice-weekly services between Shanghai and Cairns, using Airbus A330-200 aircraft configured with 24 premium-flatbed and 238 economy seats.

Shen Hao, general manager, Australia, New Zealand and Pacific Region for Shanghai Spring International Travel Service, said the new connection – expected to bring in more than 700 Chinese tourists per week – would be a boon for the Queensland travel industry.

"Cairns has many natural attractions such as the Great Barrier Reef, Atherton Tableland and Daintree National Park. We will be launching new travel products to take advantage of the new connection," said Shen.




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