China Eastern – Domestic Dominance
With more Chinese destinations than any other Chinese airline group, the Group comprehensively covers the Chinese market but with new long haul aircraft on order, will it’s focus change?
The China Eastern Group of airlines is the second largest in China, accounting for 18% of China’s capacity. In the 12 months to June 2018, the Group had scheduled seat capacity of over 150 million seats with China Eastern accounting for 79% of group capacity.
The group network is larger than each of the other Chinese majors with services to 280 destinations. However, it is growing slightly more slowly than its peers with group carriers adding 9.8m seats in the last year, equating to 7% growth. Within the group, Shanghai Airlines is growing fastest, with 9% more seats this year compared to last. The China Eastern Group remains focused on domestic growth.