Airbus Air Europa arrived at Beijing in first direct flight from Spain Beijing. -
The airplane Airbus A330 ' ' Pedro Duqué ' of Air Europa today became the first direct flight between Spain and China when carrying out the passage without scales in twelve hours and to arrive at the airport from 10,45 Beijing at local time (02,45 GMT).
The passengers of the airplane, that takes to the name of Spanish astronaut Pedro Duke, were welcomed in the airport of Beijing by the Chinese and Spanish press and with numerous gifts.
The satisfaction by a direct flight between both countries was the majority expression of the passengers interviewed by Efe in the airport. ' ' He is incredible that we are already not forced to waste time in scales. He is something good as much for the tourism as for the businesses between both países'', showed to the arrival a customary passenger to travel from Spain to China and Japan and that it did not want to identify itself.
Although the Madrid-Beijing flight lasted anticipated of eleven hours, the fort wind in the route delayed to something the arrival, according to spokesmen of the company.
The inaugural flight Madrid-Shanghai, also from Air Europa, that has agreement of code shared with China Eastern Airlines, will arrive tomorrow Tuesday at the Chinese economic capital with the Spanish ministers from Industry, Commerce and Tourism, Jose Montilla, and of Promotion, Magdalena Alvarez, attack.
Air Europa calculates that the 65 percent of tickets will be sold between the Spanish public during the first year, but trusts obtaining a 50 percent in each country in 2006.
Today same it will leave Beijing the first flight, with the same A330 from China to Spain. The flights, with codes UX 093, UX094, UX095 and UX096, will have two exits per week from Shanghai and Beijing to Madrid, and four exits altogether from Spain to China (two to each city).
China Eastern will be able to use its code MU for the ticket sale from Beijing or Shanghai to Madrid in the airplane of Air Europe, although once in the Spanish capital it will have to use a new code for the trips that continue towards Latin America. Air Europa has destinies in almost all Spain and numerous European cities, as well as of Latin America and North Africa (Brazil, Ecuador, Cuba, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Argentina), and maintains agreements of code shared with airlines of ten countries.
Its fleet counts on 32 airplanes Boeing and a Airbus A340 just acquired, that will be used for the flights to China, although will receive three A330 airplanes in 2006, with which it hopes to pass to three frequencies of flight between Spain and the Asian giant in the term of a year, according to Gerald Ariño, assistant director of the airline. China Eastern Airlines has more than 40 points of sale in all the country and more than 100 big means airplanes so large and, the majority Airbus and Boeing that operate in more than 60 international routes and 160 domestic ones.