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China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd.

Company Background

China Eastern Airlines is a major Chinese airline based in Shanghai. It was established in 1988, following the restructuring of China's civil aviation administration, with operations originally focused on the Shanghai area. The company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing, and the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

China Eastern Airlines is one of China's top three carriers, along with Air China and China Southern Airlines. It is a member of the SkyTeam alliance network.

The airline has about 70,000 employees, flies to about 1,000 destinations in 170 countries and serves about 80 million passengers per year. Its fleet has about 500 total aircraft from the U.S. maker Boeing and French manufacturer Airbus.

Chairman Liu Shaoyong is a former pilot in the People's Liberation Army Air Force. He became chairman of China Southern Airlines in 2004, and joined China Eastern Airlines in 2008. Liu's goal is to improve services and further globalize the airline.

Business Summary

China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. engages in the provision of passenger and cargo air transportation services. It operates through Airline Transportation Operations and Other segments. The Airline Transportation Operations segment provides passenger, cargo, mail delivery, ground service, and cargo handling services. The Other segment comprises tour operations, air catering, and other miscellaneous services. The company was founded on April 14, 1995 and is headquartered in Shanghai, China.

Financial Highlights

Dec 2021 HKDUSD
Gross Profit-17,256.21M-2,220.06M
Operating income-23,604.05M-3,036.73M
Income before tax-20,936.92M-2,693.60M
Net income-14,720.44M-1,893.83M
Diluted EPS-0.87-0.11
Dividends Per Share00
Total Assets353,266.88M45,312.12M
Total liabilities283,354.80M36,344.78M
Total equity65,585.38M8,412.37M
Operating cash flow-614.65M-79.07M
Currency in HKDCurrency in USD

Historical Data

 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 118,162.57M 136,541.47M 137,188.01M 65,991.14M 80,902.19M
Gross Profit 15,477.88M 14,584.18M 16,564.25M -15,100.19M -17,256.21M
Operating income 3,526.13M 3,456.23M 3,269.08M -21,890.67M -23,604.05M
Income before tax 9,638.65M 4,325.62M 4,554.94M -18,420.70M -20,936.92M
Net income 7,312.87M 3,195.65M 3,619.46M -13,300.03M -14,720.44M
EBITDA 19,103.19M 20,988.52M 28,277.60M 3,117.12M 3,775.92M
Diluted EPS 0.50 0.22 0.23 -0.81 -0.87
Dividends Per Share 0.06 0 0.05 0 0
Total Assets 275,774.70M 272,564.74M 319,006.63M 337,492.49M 353,266.88M
Total liabilities 205,214.92M 202,317.60M 237,745.14M 267,357.13M 283,354.80M
Total equity 66,456.65M 66,149.83M 77,192.03M 66,691.07M 65,585.38M
Operating cash flow 18,543.94M 21,636.41M 26,885.15M -4,680.18M -614.65M
 Dec 2017Dec 2018Dec 2019Dec 2020Dec 2021
Revenue 15,163.01M 17,421.45M 17,509.19M 8,508.40M 10,408.32M
Gross Profit 1,986.17M 1,860.80M 2,114.08M -1,946.90M -2,220.06M
Operating income 452.48M 440.98M 417.23M -2,822.41M -3,036.73M
Income before tax 1,236.86M 551.91M 581.34M -2,375.02M -2,693.60M
Net income 938.41M 407.73M 461.94M -1,714.80M -1,893.83M
EBITDA 2,451.38M 2,677.94M 3,609.04M 401.89M 485.78M
Diluted EPS 0.06 0.02 0.03 -0.10 -0.11
Dividends Per Share 0.00 0 0.00 0 0
Total Assets 35,277.48M 34,813.20M 40,941.32M 43,525.79M 45,312.12M
Total liabilities 26,251.38M 25,840.92M 30,512.22M 34,480.56M 36,344.78M
Total equity 8,501.22M 8,448.95M 9,906.82M 8,601.02M 8,412.37M
Operating cash flow 2,379.62M 2,760.61M 3,431.33M -603.42M -79.07M

Valuation Measures

Dec 2021
Operating margin-29.17%
Profit margin-18.19%

Key executives

  • Chairman & President: Yang Min Li
  • Chief Financial Officer & Vice President: Qimin Zhou
  • Vice President: Sheng Xi
  • Vice President: Guo Wei Cheng
  • Vice President: Tie Xiang Liu


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Contact Details

  • Website:
  • Address: CEA Building, Minhang District, 36 Hongxiang 3rd Road, Shanghai, 201100, China
  • Phone: +86.21.6268.6268

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Last Updated on 20 Jan, 2023

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