China Eastern Airlines has made the first landing in its new service to Dubai International Airport making it the 131st airline to do so.
Flying from Kunming International Airport in Yunnan Province of China, the airline started the service to Dubai with three flights a week, and plans to raise them to four as passenger demand increases.
The airline will operate its Boeing 767-300 on the Yunnan-Dubai route, serving the 40 million Chinese in the province.
Trade between the two countries hit $14 billion, as China is one of the largest trading partners of the UAE.
Earlier this month, China Eastern completed its merger with former local rival Shanghai Airlines. The consolidated new carrier has a fleet of 331 aircraft and will operate flights to 151 cities.