On Tuesday, 11 December, China Eastern Airlines began flights between Xian, China and Madrid, Spain. It will be operated by an A330-200 and will continue on to Shanghai for connecting passengers. 

Xi’an-Madrid flights will operate twice weekly in addition to two weekly services between Shanghai and Madrid, totaling to four weekly flights between China and Spain by China Eastern.

Since China Eastern’s launch to Spain in June 2016, the carrier has expanded its name and reputation in the region. The new service will connect Spain to the China Eastern’s rapidly expanding sixth hub.

“With this new route we hope to implement more connections between Madrid and China. This year there has been a rise of 15% of Chinese tourism to Madrid compared to the year before making China the top country in our list of tourists visiting Madrid. Xian will be the 7th Chinese city served from Madrid and we are very happy about this,” said Caroline Tensi, Manager of connectivity for Madrid Destino.

“China Eastern has been expanding in Europe for a long time and its expansion into Spain in 2016 was part of it. In addition I would like to thank all the countries and airports who have helped us to expand into these new markets that we are growing to,” said China Eastern’s Manager for Spain.

AeronauticsOnline had the opportunity to speak with one of China Eastern’s Spanish flight attendants, who are based in Shanghai. We asked how Jorge, one of the attendants, likes working at China Eastern.

“With the Spanish crew we fly between Spain and Shanghai and assist the Spanish passengers aboard these flights which make up 10-15% of the passengers aboard each flight,” Jorge said. “We were all hired half a year ago and underwent training in China for 6 months. Some of us have been able to learn Chinese and all of us truly enjoy the job since joining. We also operate some other flights to Europe as we are a big amount of foreign staff so you could see us also aboard China Eastern’s flights to Italy”.

In other recent news, China Eastern received its first A350-900 from Airbus. The aircraft started operations between Shanghai and Beijing on December 4th.

AeronauticsOnline would like to thank China Eastern for the opportunity to cover this historic event in the ever expanding Europe to China market.

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