Emirates notches up fourth Chinese route
Emirates has announced its latest destination, with Chinese city Guangzhou joining the airline's expanding network.
On July 1, the Dubai-based carrier will initially launch four non-stop weekly services to the ancient city. All flights will be carried out using Airbus A330-200s with two class configurations.
The service then increases to daily flights from December 1, using A340-300 and A330-200 aircraft. European passengers and US customers travelling from Houston and New York will be able to book connecting flights to Guangzhou. This service will also be available to Middle East and African passengers.
The new route is Emirates fourth Chinese city, following Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Emirates' chairman and chief executive, believes the city is crucial to expanding the airline's Asian operations.
He added: "Guangzhou is a vital link in our strategic plans for both China and the Asia-Pacific region. The city has been on our radar for some time as it is the heartbeat of the Guangdong Province and hums with its political, socio-economic, scientific, educational and cultural life.
Guangzhou serves as an air travel hub for Guangdong and the South China provinces, which significantly expands our span and reach.
Emirates had interests in Guangzhou before announcing this latest route. Through its subsidiary Changi International Airport Services, the airline holds a 20% stake in ground handling services provider Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Handling Co.
Guangzhou is the third largest air travel hub in China and capital of the Guangdong province. Dubbed the "factory of the world", the Guangdong province has the largest GDP and highest value of exports, attracting huge foreign investment.