Emirates installs the A380 on Dubai-Beijing route

1 Mar 2010

Emirates will deploy an Airbus A380 on its existing EK306 service between Dubai and Beijing on August 1, 2010.

The 517-seater will depart from Dubai daily at 0410, touching down at Beijing Capital International Airport at 1510. Return flight EK307 will take off from China’s capital at 2255, landing in Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 0420 the following day.

Emirates launched daily flights between Dubai and Beijing in 2006, using an Airbus A340. Since then, trade and tourism between the United Arab Emirates’ hub and China have grown at about 36 percent annually, and is expected to increase even further after the Chinese government granted Dubai “Approved Destination Status” last year.

Emirates president Tim Clark said the new A380 service would support the growing demand, enhancing capacity by “almost 50 percent”. But he also added it would still not be sufficient in the long run considering what he described as “China’s blazing economic growth”.

Currently, the airline operates double-daily services each to Beijing, Shanghai and Hongkong as well as daily services to Guangzhou.

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Margie T Logarta

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