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Emirates is to launch non-stop Airbus A380 flights between Dubai
and Shanghai on 27 April 2011.
Shanghai will be Emirates’ third
destination in Greater China to welcome the Airbus A380, following
the launch of the aircraft to Beijing on 1 August 2010 and Hong
Kong on 1 October 2010.
Emirates’ 489-seater A380, which will be
the first scheduled A380 service to Shanghai, will operate three
days a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) as EK302 departing
Dubai at 0310hrs (local time) and arriving at Shanghai Pudong
International Airport at 1530hrs (local). The return flight EK303
departs Shanghai at 2330hrs (local) and arrives in Dubai at
0430hrs (local) the following day.
“Thanks to the support
that we have received from the Civil Aviation Administration of
China and the Shanghai Airport Authority, Shanghai will become the
latest destination to join our global Airbus A380 network.
Emirates currently has 15 A380s in service, flying from Dubai to
10 countries around the world,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline &
Wuyan, Vice President, Shanghai Airport Authority & Chairman of
the Board, Shanghai International Airport, added,
“We are happy to welcome Shanghai’s first A380 flight to land at
Shanghai Pudong Airport, having adapted the facilities and
enforced thorough safeguard measures for A380s to ensure the
smooth operations of this revolutionary superjumbo.”
Currently Emirates operates double-daily services
each to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and daily services to
Guangzhou; while the airline’s fleet of 15 A380s are currently
operating on services from Dubai to London Heathrow
(double-daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto,
Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and