Emirates flies into Chi­nese tur­bu­lence

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

CHINA HAS FINED Emirates $4,270 and barred it from ex­pand­ing its op­er­a­tions in the coun­try for six months for vi­o­lat­ing air safety rules.

The move re­lates to two in­ci­dents on April 17 and May 18 in which Civil Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAAC) claims Emirates flew at the wrong alti­tude above Urumqi. An Emirates spokesper­son said: “Emirates will co-op­er­ate fully with the CAAC and com­plete all ac­tions rec­om­mended by the au­thor­ity.”

The tim­ing of the clam­p­down is un­for­tu­nate as the air­line up­grades Bei­jing and Shang­hai to all A380 flights from July 1, with su­per­jumbo flights EK308/EK309 and EK304/305 re­plac­ing B777-300ERs. Daily flights to Phnom Penh start on July 1 too. • Emirates will un­veil its new first class suites at The Dubai Air­show in Novem­ber. The six suites sill be in­tro­duced on B777300ERs in a 1-1-1 con­fig­u­ra­tion.

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