At 5:36 on July 4, local time, the world’s first CIIE -themed airplane flew from Shanghai to Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport, performing the airplane’s first overseas flight with 245 passengers.
The plane, jointly launched by the CIIE bureau and China Eastern Airlines (CEA), is an international long-range flagship model with new type of passenger service system, Boeing 777-300ER. Painted patterns include mascot panda “Jin Bao” of the China International Import Expo (CIIE).
The third CIIE will be held in Shanghai from November 5 to 10, 2020. As the largest main base airline in Shanghai and one of the world’s top 10 airlines, CEA has signed up as “core supporting company” and “designated air carrier” for the expo, playing multi-roles of sponsor, carrier, purchaser, service provider, etc. at the same time.
The Expo is the world’s first national exhibition with the theme of imports. The cumulative intended turnover of transactions during the second Expo in November 2019 reached US$71.13 billion, an increase of 23% over the first. More than 3,800 enterprises participated in the expo and more than 500,000 buyers attended to discuss purchases.