China will receive the aviation world’s largest commercial aircraft with the start of Emirates A380 Dubai-Beijing-Dubai services on August 1, 2010.
The 517-seat A380 will depart Dubai daily at 04:10 hrs and arrives in Beijing at 15:10 hrs. Return flight takes off from Beijing at 23:55 hrs, landing at Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport at 04:20 hrs the following day.
Tim Clark, president of Emirates airline, said, “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."
Emirates A380’s inflight product includes onboard shower spas in the First Class cabin. The onboard lounge for First and Business class customers is a bit like an executive club and includes a bar.
With flat-bed massage-equipped private suites in First Class, a new generation of all-aisle flat-bed seats in Business class it should be remarkably comfortable up the front of the aircraft. There will also, we are promised, be a more spacious Economy Class.
Dubai City Guide reports that currently Emirates operates double-daily services each to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, and daily services to Guangzhou.