Emirates announced (01-Mar-2010) plans to launch A380 operations on the Dubai-Beijing sector from 01-Aug-2010 - the first scheduled A380 operation to China. Emirates currently operates twice daily to Beijing - flights EK306 and EK308, operated with B777-200LR and A340-300 aircraft, respectively. Emirates' medium capacity 517-seat A380 will be deployed on the existing EK306 service. [more]
Emirates: "Today China ranks as Africa’s second-largest trading partner with trade crossing USD100 billion. Equally, Africa is China's second largest engineering contracting market and deals for contract projects exceed USD126.3 billion. Trade between Dubai and China is on a steady rise, recording an average annual growth of 36%. Also, the UAE is expecting a surge in incoming Chinese leisure groups after the Chinese government granted it ‘Approved Destination Status’ last year. Although our A380 will support the growing demand for air travel to/from China through capacity enhancements of almost 50%, it will not be sufficient. We believe China’s blazing economic growth justifies a further expansion in aviation links in the near future," Tim Clark, President. Source: Emirates, 01-Mar-2010.