China Eastern begins second Vancouver frequency

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China Eastern Airlines will launch a second daily flight between Shanghai Pudong and Vancouver from 20 July.

The Shanghai-based SkyTeam alliance member will operate a 230-seat Airbus A330-200 on the route, according to the Vancouver airport.

"We're proud of our pivotal role as the gateway airport connecting Canada to China, and we commend China Eastern Airlines Canada for its expanded service," says Craig Richmond, president and chief executive of the Vancouver Airport Authority. "These service increases, plus our continued investment in YVR's infrastructure, will help ensure that passengers on either side of the Pacific can benefit from the connections we offer."

The Canadian and Chinese governments agreed to increase the number of available frequencies by 10 to 76 for carriers of each country earlier in July. Air Canada has already added seven additional frequencies to China since June, and plans to expand its cooperation with Star Alliance partners Air China and Shenzhen Airlines.

Air Canada and China Eastern compete on the Shanghai-Vancouver route, Innovata schedules show.