Dubai’s state-owned Emirates Airline on Tuesday launched its first direct flight from the Gulf Arab emirate to Yinchuan, the capital of China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.
The flight took less than seven hours to arrive Yinchuan and then depart for Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province in central east China.
The newest destination in China will be served four times a week.
Yinchuan and Zhengzhou are two of the fastest growing cities in China.
The CEO says Emirates is positioned to support China in advancing its trade and investment links with these countries along the Belt and Road.
SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH): SHEIKH AHMED AL-MAKTOUM, CEO of Emirates Group
“We will provide the two rapidly-developing central and west cities air service to more than 150 destinations in the six continents, so as to increase trade ties between China and UAE, and other Arab countries. We believe that out airline network across the world will enhance efforts to support the cross-border trade and tourism industry, which will also contribute to local economic development.”
Emirates also flies from Dubai non-stop to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.
It now offers a total of 39 flights per week from its home airport Dubai to China.