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IN PICS: Emirates celebrates first A380 to China

Beijing arrival marks world's first scheduled A380 service to China.
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IN PICS: Emirates celebrates first A380 to China

Emirates hosted a series of celebrations to mark the arrival of flight EK306 at Beijing Capital International Airport, marking the first scheduled Airbus A380 service to China. The world’s largest commercial aircraft landed in the world’s most populous country to a water cannon welcome, with VIPs from Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), Beijing Terminal 3 and the gathered media looking on.

"Seven years ago we were the first airline to open a non-stop link between the Middle East and Mainland China. Today we celebrate another first with the arrival of our A380 to Beijing, this momentous touchdown of the world’s largest aircraft not only reiterates Emirates’ commitment to the development of the China market, but also begins a new era for China’s civil aviation," commented Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ senior vice president of commercial operations in the Far East and Australasia.

“This daily A380 service would not have been possible without the commitment and the partnership with the CAAC, BCIA and Beijing Terminal 3 and we are extremely grateful to them. We are confident that the A380 will help to build the growing bilateral trade between China, the United Arab Emirates, which has maintained steady growth during the past five years, and the ever expanding Emirates network spread over the Middle East, Africa, South America and Europe; as well as facilitating outbound Chinese travellers and promoting the attractions of China across our network on six continents. We look forward to progressively growing our operations to China in the future.”

THIS PHOTO: Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia (right 3), Zhang Guanghui, President & CEO of Beijing Capital International Airport Company (left 3), Edwin Lau, Emirates’ Vice President, Greater China (right 2), and Li Xiaomei, Vice President, Beijing Capital International Airport Company (left 2) welcome Emirates A380’s arrival at Beijing Capital International Airport.

THIS PHOTO: Emirates' A380 arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport marking the first scheduled super jumbo service to China.

THIS PHOTO: Richard Jewsbury, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Far East and Australasia (right 3) and Zhang Guanghui, President & CEO of Beijing Capital International Airport Company (left 3), exchange gifts at Beijing A380 inaugural press conference on 1st August 2010.

THIS PHOTO: Emirates' A380 is welcomed in traditional style after arriving in Beijing.

THIS PHOTO: First Class passengers can relax in one of 14 flat-bed, massage-equipped Private Suites, with the premium “room services” provided by Emirates’ multi-national cabin crew.

THIS PHOTO: Passengers travelling in Economy Class can stretch out in the seats and enjoy the digital widescreen ice system of 1,200 channels.

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