Chinese full service carrier China Eastern Airlines is increasing its service to the Indian subcontinent from its Southwestern Chinese hub of Kunming. From 27th October 2013, its offering on each of Kunming – Kolkata and Kunming – Dhaka will increase from daily to 10x weekly, using Boeing 737-700 aircraft configured in a 134 seat, two class configuration (8J / 126Y). Flight schedules for the new and existing flights to Dhaka are as follow:
Kunming is China Eastern’s third largest hub after Hongqiao and Pudong, Shanghai’s two airports, with more than 180 daily departures. China Eastern will be able to offer passengers from Kolkata and Dhaka onwards connections to 67 domestic destinations within China, as well as to 16 international destinations around Asia (though these connections require a transit visa). It serves as China Eastern’s primary gateway to the Indian subcontinent, with services to Colombo, Dhaka, Kathmandu, Kolkata, and Male. The airline also serves Delhi from its largest hub at Shanghai.