Emirates airline will boost its connectivity to mainland China with direct flights to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou tomorrow. Currently, the Dubai-based carrier flies to three Chinese cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Yinchuan, the capital of Ningxia, lies to the West of the Yellow River and to the East of Helan Mountain. With a large Muslim population, Yinchuan serves as a gateway connecting China to Arab countries. Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province, is a major transportation interchange for central China. Its strategic location has enabled Zhengzhou to become one of the largest economic hubs in China.

Offering four weekly flights, Emirates planes to Yinchuan and Zhengzhou will depart on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from Dubai as EK326 at 02.45hrs, arriving at Yinchuan Hedong International Airport at 13.35hrs. The service will then depart from Yinchuan at 15.20hrs and arrive at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport at 17.00hrs. The return flight, EK327, will depart Zhengzhou at 21.10hrs, arriving at Yinchuan at 22.55hrs. It will then depart Yinchuan at 00.40hrs, arriving in Dubai at 04.30hrs the next day.

Timings of the new service have been scheduled to allow for seamless connections to several destinations in the Middle East, Europe and Africa.

Operated by a three-class configured Boeing 777-200LR aircraft, the services will be offering 266 seats and 14 tonnes of cargo capacity in the bellyhold.

Popular commodities that are expected to be transported include electronics such as mobile phones from Zhengzhou and agricultural products such as goji berries and cashmere from Yinchuan.