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Shanghai Surprise

Emirates Airline has confirmed that it is to launch a direct passenger service to Shanghai — the first regular service between Dubai and mainland China.

Emirates Airline has confirmed that it is to launch a direct passenger service to Shanghai. The airline has flown freighters to Shanghai since 1992, but this will be the first direct connection for passengers between Dubai and mainland China.

“Emirates is glad to offer our customers yet another exciting destination. Shanghai is not only a huge and growing international commerce centre, but also a buzzing hive for arts and cultural activities, making it an attractive destination for both business and leisure travellers,” says Richard Vaughan, Emirates’ senior vice president for commercial operations, East Asia & Australasia

EK will launch the route on the 10th of April with three flights a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service, which will be served using an Airbus A304-300, will then be upped to seven flights a week from the 15th of May.

“We are also happy to provide Chinese travellers with an easier, more convenient route to Dubai, the most cosmopolitan and exciting city in the Middle East,” says Vaughan.

“Dubai’s excellent geographic location at the crossroads of Europe, Africa and Asia, also means travellers from Shanghai can easily connect onwards to many other destinations in the Emirates network.”

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