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Royal Jet has eye on China

The luxury business airline hopes to boost its Asian presence at the Extravaganza show in Shanghai.

The UAE-based Royal Jet luxury business airline is set to participate in an international lifestyle show in Shanghai this weekend in a bid to boost its presence in the Asian market.

"We are constantly striving to increase our presence in important international markets such as China and high-profile exhibitions aid in raising awareness of the company and its aviation services," said HE Sheikh Hamdan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, chairman, Royal Jet.

The move follows a recent Approved Destination Status (ADS) agreement between China and the UAE, which streamlines the visa process for Chinese nationals coming to the UAE.

China is increasing its business activities in the MENA region through strategic investments in the property, construction and development sectors.

According to industry figures bilateral trade between the

and China has given rise to a 10% annual increase in visitors to each country.

"China is an increasingly important market for Royal Jet and there has been a significant increase in our flights to and from this Asian giant due to our competitive, discreet and exclusive service, and the opportunity to demonstrate our industry leading aviation offerings in the Chinese market could not be overlooked," Sheikh Hamdan said.

The company has the world's largest private charter fleet of the long-range BBJ1 aircrafts, capable of carrying 40 passengers.

The international luxury lifestyle show, Extravaganza, is set to be held from 1 to 2 June in Shanghai.

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