Emirates SkyCargo's mainland China network expands
Emirates will expand its services in mainland China from May 3, 2016 with four weekly flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou, adding 56-tonnes of bellyhold cargo capacity to Emirates SkyCargo’s network.
The additions of Yinchuan and Zhengzhou expand Emirates' offering on the mainland to five, including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Yinchuan serves as a gateway connecting China to Arab countries and is positioned as a hub for economic and trade cooperation and cultural exchange between China and the Middle East.
Zhengzhou is an educational, technological and economic centre and the second largest city in central China. Its strategic location has enabled the city to become one of the largest economic hubs in the country.
"With the opening of these new strategic routes, Emirates looks forward to contributing to the enhancement of China's trade links with the rest of the world, in particular with the UAE and Arab world,” said Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, chairman of Emirates airline and CEO of the Emirates Group.
“We believe the new international air links will help create tourism and trade opportunities for Chinese business and leisure travellers that may not otherwise exist," he added.
Emirates flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou will depart every Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from Dubai as EK326 at 2.45am, arriving at Yinchuan Hedong International Airport at 1.35pm.
The service will then depart from Yinchuan at 3.20pm and arrive at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport at 5pm. The return flight, EK327, will depart Zhengzhou at 9.10pm, arriving at Yinchuan at 10.55pm.
It will then depart Yinchuan at 12.40am, arriving in Dubai at 4.30am the next day.
A three-class configured Boeing 777-200LR airliner will operate the service, carrying up to 266 passengers and 14 tonnes in bellyhold cargo capacity.
Popular commodities expected to be transported on these services include electronics, such as mobile phones from Zhengzhou, and agricultural products such as goji berries and cashmere from Yinchuan.