9 MAY 2016
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Ease of connection between Emirates’ six UK gateways at Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle and China were highlighted last week as the airline launched two new routes.
The four-a-week flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou, two of the fastest-growing cities in China, also complement Emirates’ other key China destinations of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
Chinese cabin attendants were among 14 crew on the first flight, with the B777-200LR greeted on arrival in Yinchuan and Zhengzhou with traditional water-cannon salutes.
Emirates chairman and chief executive Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said the new route would give people in and near both cities convenient and fast connections to destinations in the Middle East, Africa and Europe via Dubai.
“We are confident the new air transport links will also help boost trade flows to the growing central and western parts of China,” he added.
Emirates has played a major role in opening connections with China. It was the first airline to establish non-stop links between the Middle East and the country, with freighter operations to Shanghai in 2002, followed by passenger services in 2004. www.emirates.com
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