Start scrubbing up on your Mandarin — China Eastern Airlines has announced year-round scheduled services between Brisbane and Shanghai.

The service, which will commence on 16 December 2016, is a boost to the previously announced three-times-a-week service between Brisbane and China that was due to launch in November.

Julieanne Alroe, CEO and Managing Director of the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), says the service will provide a convenient, direct connection to China’s largest city and one of the world’s financial hubs.

“Connecting China’s busiest international hub with Queensland’s biggest international airport is a significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre,” she says.

“These new services are a huge victory for the whole of Queensland and every sector of our economy, from business and commerce to tourism, trade, education and beyond.”

Julieanne says the Chinese visitor market, which is the second largest for Brisbane Airport, has experienced 23 per cent growth in the last 12 months.

“Importantly, as China’s second largest airline, China Eastern offers a premium full service product trusted by high yielding Chinese business and leisure travellers who now spend $1.2 trillion globally on tourism.

“Regular direct flights into Brisbane will help capture a portion of this substantial and important market and direct visitors to some of Queensland’s most desirable tourist destinations via the most comprehensive regional network of any airport in Australia.”

The new flights will provide 3,248 weekly seats to and from Brisbane on Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft, including lie-flat business seating.

Flights will arrive into Brisbane at 9:45am daily, departing at 11:45am the same day. Flight time to Shanghai is approximately 10 hours.

Beyond the obvious implications of this announcement for our finance and tourism industries, here’s why you should be really excited about daily direct flights to Shanghai — Shanghai Disneyland Resort is expected to open on June 16, 2016.

We’ll see you there!

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