Dubai marks first Airbus A380 flight to Shanghai

28/04/2011 - Dubai Lifestyle News Posted by Neil King
Dubai marks first Airbus A380 flight to Shanghai

Dubai has marked the occasion of the first flight to Shanghai in an Emirates Airbus A380.Further strengthening the Dubai-Chinese relationship, the first Airbus 380 landed at Shanghai Pudong International Airport yesterday (April 27th), Gulf News reported.It is the third Chinese destination for the Dubai-based airline's A380, having launched services to Beijing and Hong Kong last year.Richard Jewsbury, Emirates' senior vice-president of commercial operations, Far East and Australasia, told the news provider that in 2005 there were 159,000 passengers travelling to China with Emirates but this has now grown to over 1.1 million.Six years ago there were 11 Chinese registered businesses in Dubai, while today there are over 2,500."The number eight is considered the most fortuitous number in the Chinese culture. Now in our eighth year of passenger operations to Shanghai, we move to the next phase of our strong and valued partnership with the city of Shanghai and Greater China with the launch of Airbus A380," he said.Meanwhile, Dubai International Airport recently reported that more than 27 million passengers passed through its terminals in 2010.