In the wake of the establishment of its Taiyuan-Nagoya route, Shanxi's provincial capital Taiyuan launched new direct air service to Osaka on March 31, offering local residents another travel choice to go Japan for its cherry blossom season in April.

The Taiyuan-Osaka air service operated by China Eastern Airlines is scheduled to fly round trips each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday using a Boeing 73E. 

The MU5025/5026 flight departs Taiyuan at 08:05, via Yantai in Shandong province, and arrives in Osaka at 13:55. The return flight takes off from Osaka at 14:55 (15:00 on Thursday and Sunday) and arrives in Taiyuan at 19:45.