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Emirates set to serve Shanghai twice daily

Sister Cities Shanghai and Dubai are set to come even closer when Emirates launches its second daily service to Shanghai on 1st February 2008. Emirates launched passenger services to Shanghai in April 2004 and received a…

Sister Cities Shanghai and Dubai are set to come even closer when Emirates launches its second daily service to Shanghai on 1st February 2008. Emirates launched passenger services to Shanghai in April 2004 and received a rousing welcome from both passengers and the travel trade alike. The demand on the route began on a strong note and continued to grow steadily thereafter, with seat load factors consistently above 90 per cent.

Ghaith Al Ghaith, Emirates’ Executive Vice President Commercial Operations Worldwide said: “Emirates’ current daily service to Shanghai has been exceptionally successful and we are an airline of choice right across our customer spectrum – both passenger and trade. From Shanghai, we currently offer excellent connections to Africa and Europe; the route is served by state-of-the-art aircraft; and we offer culturally-sensitive services – from cabin crew who speak the language to Chinese food. And we intend to repeat our successful business model on the route.”

“We are confident that the second service to Shanghai will taste the same phenomenal success given our experience; the continued dominance of the Chinese economy; and Shanghai’s increasing appeal to business and leisure travellers from around Emirates’ worldwide network. We are seeing a sharp increase in demand since the UAE and Chinese governments have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to facilitate travel for Chinese tourist groups to the UAE.”

Trade and tourism ties between China and Dubai have grown significantly stronger in the past few years. Since Emirates’ launch to Shanghai, the number of Chinese hotel visitors in Dubai has more than doubled from 32,265 in 2004 to 68,504 in 2006. Trade ties are worth billions of dollars, and in 2006 China grabbed the top spot among Dubai’s importing countries, nudging India to second place. Dubai imported US$7.6 billion worth of Chinese goods and exported in excess of US$134 million to China.

Emirates’ second daily will be served by the airline’s wide-bodied, plush Airbus A340-300 with 267 seats in a three-class configuration.

Emirates currently operates a Boeing 777-300ER daily to Shanghai offering 364 seats in a three-class configuration – 12 seats in First Class, 42 in Business and 310 in Economy – and 23 tonnes of belly-hold capacity.

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