(eTN) – Yesterday saw the first of now daily flights by Emirates from Dubai to Shanghai, using the sky giant A380 aircraft. The introduction of the world’s biggest passenger aircraft was welcome news to travelers from East Africa to China, where much of the continent’s business is now conducted and where in particular a never-ending stream of traders and importers are flocking to.
“It is a sign of very good demand of travel to China. We now serve three destinations with the A380 in China, Hong Kong, and Beijing, and Shanghai is the latest. People from East Africa like to travel with us because of our stopover options in Dubai, where we offer easy visa, but mainly for our good service and many connections,” said a regular source at the airline’s Kampala office.
Airline analysts, however, also pointed to the effect this development would have on other airlines flying from the region to China, like Ethiopian and Kenya Airways, which one suggested was the main target for the introduction of the A380 by Emirates, to gain a further competitive advantage by offering the most exciting new aircraft to travelers seen in a generation.