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Chinese airline set to launch flights to Dubai

China Eastern Airlines to operate service three times a week from Feb 22.

China Eastern Airlines is set to launch a new route to Dubai from the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming, the Xinhua News Agency has reported.

The airline, one of the largest in China, will operate the service three times a week from February 22, it said.

A 260-seat Boeing 767-300 aircraft will be used for the service and the flight to Kunming will take seven hours.

Only one of the three weekly flights, on Mondays, will be direct. The Wednesday and Saturday flights will have a stopover in the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, which will add an extra hour to the flight.

"The opening of the new air route will help increase the contacts between China and Dubai," an airline spokesperson said.

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