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Air Arabia to launch flights to China

Sharjah-based Air Arabia has announced it is to start flying to several cities in China by 2014, The National has reported. The low-cost carrier had been given permission to fly to several Chinese cities, said Adel Ali, the group chief executive. He declined to name them but said they were consistent with the airline’s business model of serving secondary airports within five hours’ flying time from one of its three hubs of Sharjah, Alexandria in Egypt and Casablanca, Morocco. Air Arabia is set to take delivery of 10 new aircraft in 2014, the largest boost to its fleet since the airline launched a decade ago.