School children from the Ningxia Region performed a welcome dance for VIPs on the inaugural Emirates service from Dubai to Yinchuan. Following that, a press conference was led by Liu Hui, Chairman of Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region and Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates Chairman and CEO.
Vice GM, Liu Jiamin, Henan Airport Group and Badr Abbas, SVP Commercial Operations Far East Emirates exchanged gifts at the arrival ceremony of the four times weekly service from Dubai in Zhengzhou. The Chinese city becomes the fifth served by the MEB3 carrier.
- Emirates launched a service from Dubai (DXB) to Yinchuan (INC), before the flight continued on to Zhengzhou (CGO), two of the fastest growing cities in mid-west China, on 3 May. This service expands the MEB3 carrier’s Chinese destination offering to five, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Chairman and CEO of Emirates, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum said: “Emirates is very pleased to start services to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou. 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. We would like to thank the government and airport authorities for their warm welcome and support in the launch of our flights, and we look forward to serving our customers on the route.” Emirates was 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. The new service will be operated four times weekly using the airline’s 777-200LRs. While the city pair to Zhengzhou faces no direct competition, Sichuan Airlines does operate twice-weekly between Yinchuan and Dubai. See now Yinchuan and Zhengzhou airports FTWAs compare to others from around the world.