Emirates flies into Chinese turbulence
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.