An inside look at China Eastern's Boeing 777 first and business classes

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Flyers who prefer to travel in style now have the chance for a sensational inflight experience aboard China Eastern Airlines' latest-generation Boeing B777-300ER, operating from Melbourne and Sydney to Shanghai between December 17 till 10 March 2018.

The Boeing B777-300ER is a superb aircraft, a tried and tested long distance performer with a great track record for safety and comfort, and China Eastern Airlines has outfitted their premium classes aboard its flagship aircraft with style and panache. 

 At the front of the aircraft, the first class cabin consists of just six suites in a 1-2-1 configuration, each with an electrically operated door that can be closed for privacy. Each suite is luxuriously appointed with an individual reading light and air vent plus a USB power port and in-seat power point for charging laptops and other devices. 

With a pitch of 200cm and a width of 67cm, these are some of the biggest of any first-class seat. At the press of a button, the electrically powered seat glides into a two-metre flatbed. The partition that separates the two middle suites, 2D and 2H, can be lowered and the two seats reclined to make a double bed, ideal for a couple travelling together. 

The handsome Salvatore Ferragamo amenity kit comes with face cream, lip balm, cologne, a dental kit, eye mask, comb and ear plugs. Pyjamas and slippers are provided for the ultimate in night time comfort. The "Do not disturb" button ensures that first class passengers get as much sleep and privacy as they need. For window-seat passengers, the power-driven shades allow infinite adjustment to let in as much or as little light as required. 

Over-ear noise cancelling headphones are provided for the ultimate in listening comfort. The 61cm touchscreen on the inflight entertainment system is dazzling, with adjustments for optimum viewing from any seating or reclining position. The inflight entertainment system can be programmed via a remote controller as well as the touchscreen. Storage space with each seat will swallow everything that a passenger might bring on board, conveniently close at hand. 

The first-class cabin also has its own dedicated galley, and with a maximum of just eight privileged flyers, passengers can be assured of high level service and choices that range from simple to sumptuous, whether it's from the Chinese or the Western menu. The menu is complemented with fine wines and an array of spirits. At the front of the first-class cabin is a walk-up bar, although drinks can also be served in the privacy of individual suites.

Immediately behind the first –class cabin on the China Eastern Airlines B777-300ER is a mini business class cabin with just two rows, creating a virtual private club. This is the optimal choice for business class flyers looking for quiet and privacy, with the convenience of direct aisle access from every seat. 

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Seats in both this smaller cabin and in the main business class cabin behind it are arranged in a 1-2-1 configuration with the central seats in a reverse herringbone pattern for greater privacy. The shell-type seating allows passengers to recline their seat without impacting on the passenger sitting behind. These seats come from the class-leading Zodiac Cirrus range, customised to China Eastern Airlines' colour palette. 

Seat pitch is a generous 190cm, with plenty of leg room for even the tallest flyer. Seat width is spacious at 60cm and the electrically-powered seat folds down to make a supremely comfortable lie-flat bed. Storage in the overhead bins is huge. 

In tandem with China Eastern Airlines' first class flyers, business flyers get pyjamas and slippers for the ultimate in sleeping comfort, plus Clarins amenities with a dental kit, eye mask, ear plugs, moisturiser and lip balm.

The 41cm video touch-screen comes with quality headphones and there's a USB port as well as an in-seat power point, plus a reading light. 

The business class menu offers a choice of Chinese or Western dishes, with a selection of premium red and white wines. 

Satellite-connected Wi-Fi is complimentary for both first and business class flyers. 

Adding an extra layer of cream to the cake, effective from 1 January 2018, China Eastern Airlines now offers a limousine service to eligible first and business class passengers at Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Shanghai and Beijing (limited to MU728/MU712 direct service). Each adult passenger qualifies for one limousine service per eligible international sector. Applications for the limousine service should be lodged to China Eastern Australia offices at least seven working days before flight departure China Eastern Airlines will confirm the booking via email within three working days. 

From the hub city of Shanghai, China Eastern Airlines passengers have an extensive choice of flights to destinations throughout China and Asia and non-stop flights to major cities in Europe and North America. 

Qantas frequent flyers can earn points when they travel aboard a China Eastern MU flight number, plus status credits when they book their China Eastern Airlines flight as a Qantas codeshare.

China Eastern Airlines offer complimentary Limousine transfers from and to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane Airports, and from and to Shanghai Pudong Airport or Beijing Capital International Airport to eligible First and Business class passengers whom purchased tickets in Australia or New Zealand. To  book a complimentary limo service, visit China Eastern Airlines Limousine Service website here

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