May 05, 2016: Emirates launched new service from Dubai to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou, two of the fastest growing cities in Midwest China using a Boeing 777-200LR.
From a cargo perspective, the 777-200LR offers 14 tonnes of cargo capacity in the bellyhold. Popular commodities expected to be transported on these services include electronics, such as mobile phones from Zhengzhou, and agricultural products such as goji berries and cashmere from Yinchuan.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman and chief executive of Emirates, said, “This new route will provide citizens in and near both cities with convenient and fast connections to destinations in the Middle East, Africa and Europe via Dubai. We are confident the new air transport links will also help boost trade and tourism flows to the growing central and western parts of China where these cities are located.”
This service expands Emirates’ destination offering on the mainland to five, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou.
Emirates has been a large part of this development, being the first airline to establish non-stop connectivity between the Middle East and mainland China, first with freighter operations to Shanghai in 2002, followed by passenger services in 2004. Currently serving 54 cities in 30 out of the 65 countries identified as part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Emirates is uniquely positioned to support China in advancing its trade and investment links with these countries.
The aircraft was greeted in Yinchuan and Zhengzhou with a traditional water cannon salute upon arrival.