China Eastern, one of three major airlines in China, launched its inaugural flight to Manila on October 19 to further strengthen its network in Southeast Asia.
Its maiden flight, MU 211, arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 3:40 a.m. on Saturday with 115 passengers on board.
The return flight back to China—MU 212 left at 4:55 a.m. on the same day and arrived in Shanghai at 8:15 a.m.
The Shanghai-Manila route, a daily service, was operated with an Airbus A320 aircraft featuring 150 seats in economy and eight seats in business class, according to China Eastern Manila Station supervisor Andrew Yu.
The airline serves nearly 80 million passengers each year, making it one of the top airlines in the world by passenger volume.
Yu said that Manila’s Civil Aeronautics Board had granted the Shanghai-based airline in April this year a temporary operating permit to operate in the Philippines for one year.