Shanghai is set to join Emirates’ expanding list of Airbus A380 destinations, when the superjumbo begins its direct service from Dubai on 27 April 2011.
Shanghai will be Emirates’ third destination in Greater China to welcome the Airbus A380, following the launch of the aircraft to Beijing on 1 August 2010 and Hong Kong on 1 October 2010.
Emirates’ 489-seater A380, which will be the first scheduled A380 service to Shanghai, will operate three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday) departing Dubai at 3.10am and arriving at Shanghai Pudong International Airport at 3.30pm. The return flight departs Shanghai at 11.30pm and arrives in Dubai at 4.30am the following day.
“Thanks to the support that we have received from the Civil Aviation Administration of China and the Shanghai Airport Authority, Shanghai will become the latest destination to join our global Airbus A380 network. Emirates currently has 15 A380s in service, flying from Dubai to 10 countries around the world,” said HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum, Chairman & Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group.
“Emirates has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with China, we began cargo operations between Dubai and Shanghai in 2002, and then started passenger services in 2004. The A380 launch demonstrates our continuing commitment to this important country, in addition to boosting trade between China and Dubai, the Middle East and Africa,” added Sheikh Ahmed.
“We are happy to welcome Shanghai’s first A380 flight to land at Shanghai Pudong Airport, having adapted the facilities and enforced thorough safeguard measures for A380s to ensure the smooth operations of this revolutionary superjumbo,” said Yu Wuyan, Vice President of Shanghai Airport Authority & Chairman of the Board, Shanghai International Airport.
Currently Emirates operates double-daily services each to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and daily services to Guangzhou. The airline’s fleet of 15 A380s are currently operating on services from Dubai to London Heathrow (double-daily), Manchester, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toronto, Seoul, Bangkok, Beijing, Jeddah, New York, Hong Kong, Sydney and Auckland.