Chinese carrier Uni-top Airlines is planning to operate three B747 freighter services a week between Kunming Changshui International Airport (KMG) and Dubai World Central (DWC), the carrier said in a statement.
“In order to support the development of civil aviation and trade between China and the UAE, Uni-top airlines is planning to operate Boeing 747 freighter flight with three flights per week between Kunming and Dubai,” the statement said, according to Xinhua.
Earlier this year, the carrier added B747F services between its Wuhan (WUH) hub and European destinations Liege (LGG) and Luxembourg (LUX).
The announcement was made during a Kunming delegation’s visit to Dubai to attend the UAE Air Transport Cooperation Promotion Conference. “We expect to strengthen joint airline and tourism market … in order to push the development of bilateral economy and trade,” said Zhang Changsheng, leader of the Kunming delegation.
“Strengthening tourism, trade and commercial links between China and the UAE is a key strategy for Dubai Airports,” said Khalil Lamrabet, director of Aviation Business Management in Dubai Airports. “We are honoured and excited to welcome Uni-top Airline’s new service from Kunming in China’s Yunnan province to Dubai World Central (DWC).
Yunnan province is rapidly developing as a major tourist hub and agricultural exporter, with USD 4.8 billion of agricultural products such as tea, coffee, vegetables and fruits exported in 2017.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and the Yunnan Provincial Government have signed a joint agreement to build Kunming Changshui International Airport into an international hub. Kunming is the capital of Yunnan Province.
According to the plan, by 2030 there will be 500 air routes including 200 international and regional routes with 120 million passengers and 1.78 million tonnes of cargo passing through Kunming Changshui International Airport, which by that time, will feature five runways.
Meanwhile, the carrier has taken delivery of its sixth A300-600F, following its P2F conversion at the EFW facility in Dresden. The aircraft is now headed to the Guangzhou Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Co, Ltd (GAMECO) facility for painting before it enters operations. Currently, Uni-Top operates the A300Fs in its fleet to Southeast Asia, India and Central Asia.