The airline will provide charter flight services from Taiwan to mainland China.
Cao Jianxiong, general manager of China Eastern Airlines, said five people will create a preparatory office as the first step to starting services in Taiwan. An airport liaison officer and an aircraft maintenance supervisor are already in place.
He said the current arrangements of trans-Strait flights could not satisfy the needs of all travelers.
Under an agreement signed last month, 36 return flights will operate every weekend, Friday to Monday, divided evenly between mainland and Taiwan airlines. Previously, services only ran during major Chinese festivals.
Cao Jianxiong said, ‘We hope to operate daily flights. Even 10 return flights are not enough on the Shanghai-Taipei route each day.’