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China Eastern Airline opens direct flight from Xi’an to Moscow

China Eastern Airlines, one of China’s largest airlines is launching direct flights between Xi’an, the Shaanxi provincial capital, and Moscow.

The company will deploy a Boeing 767 to operate two weekly flights on a route to Moscow, starting from July 1. The flight will depart at 1:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Xi’an Xianyang International Airport and the return flight will leave Moscow at 8:10 pm on Wednesdays and Fridays. The flight takes approximately eight hours.

This is the first direct route from Xi’an to Europe for a domestic airline. It is expected to bolster the ancient city’s position as the bridge for exchanges between European and Asian countries and create an emerging aviation hub for Europe.