Emirates to expand mainland China operations

An Emirates Airbus A380 in flight
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LONDON – Emirates will ramp up its operations in China ahead of the New Lunar Year and in response to strong travel demand.

The Gulf carrier is boosting connectivity to its gateways; Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing as the country reopens its borders and eases its COVID-related entry restrictions.


Shanghai will be the first Chinese destination to see a service resumption from 20 January 2023 with twice weekly service, gradually increasing to daily service from 1 March.

The carrier plans to operate services with an Airbus 380 initially, switching to a Boeing 777 as flight frequencies further ramp up.

Emirates will resume passenger services to Shanghai starting with two weekly flights operated by an Airbus A380 aircraft from 20 January 2023.

One flight will operate from Dubai to Shanghai non-stop with a second line making a short stop in Bangkok before returning to Dubai. 

This service will then ramp up in frequency to four weekly flights operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from 02 February 2023.


Emirates currently operates a non-stop flight from Dubai to Guangzhou as EK362, and a return flight from Guangzhou to Dubai via Bangkok as EK363, four times a week.

Starting from 1 February 2023, the airline will increase services between Dubai and Guangzhou with EK362/EK363 operating as daily non-stop flights with the flagship Emirates A380.


Operated by a three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, Emirates will return to China’s capital city Beijing with a daily non-stop service from Dubai, starting from 15 March 2023.

This will bring the airline’s operations in the market up to 21 weekly flights, providing increased choice and flexibility for both business and leisure travellers, and contributing to China’s tourism recovery.

Two decades of route service

Emirates has been serving China for nearly two decades and has established its presence in the Chinese market through strategic partnerships and a continued commitment to the local community throughout the pandemic.

Emirates offers travellers increased connectivity to eight domestic points via Guangzhou, through its codeshare agreement with China Southern Airlines, while simultaneously providing its partner-airline’s customers access to additional destinations within the Middle East and Africa.

The Emirates A380 remains highly sought after by travellers offering 14 First Class suites, 76 lie-flat seats in Business Class and 426 ergonomically designed seats in Economy Class.

Customers travelling to and from Guangzhou can look forward to enjoying its spacious and comfortable cabins, signature products that offer travellers the best experiences in the sky like the Onboard Lounge, First Class suites and Shower Spa.

Customers travelling to and from Shanghai and Beijing can look forward to the smooth ride on board the airline’s three-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, which offers 8 private suites in First Class, 42 lie flat seats in Business Class and 304 spacious seats in Economy Class. 

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