The Malta Independent 26 September 2016, Monday

Emirates says Hello to Yangon and Hanoi

Monday, 29 February 2016, 15:11 Last update: about 8 months ago

Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam, starting August 3, 2016. Utilising a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration, this new route will strengthen Emirates' network of destinations in Southeast Asia, offer a new flight option to passengers travelling between Hanoi and Yangon, and open up new connections for Myanmese and Vietnamese travellers to access Emirates' global network.

This new service will expand the airline's network in Southeast Asia to 12 cities (including Cebu and Clark in the Philippines which start on March 30, 2016) in seven countries when it comes online in August.

Yangon is Myanmar's commercial capital and largest city with a population of 7.2 million. With its religious and ancient sites, natural trails and picturesque beaches, Yangon welcomed 1.1 million tourists in 2014, an increase of 25 percent compared to the previous year. As the country's main hub for trade, industry, real estate and entertainment, Yangon contributes approximately one fifth to the country's GDP.

Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, is located in the Northern region of Vietnam, and as second largest city in the country, has a population of 7 million. Renowned for being a cultural hub, the city has a number of historic attractions, as well as UNESCO world heritage sites like Ha Long Bay.

Hanoi will be Emirates' second passenger destination within Vietnam, complementing Emirates' existing service to Ho Chi Minh City which was launched in 2012 and a cargo-only service to Hanoi in 2013.

With the daily service to Yangon and Hanoi, Emirates, in cooperation with its regional codeshare partners such as Bangkok Airways and Jetstar - now serves the major capitals and tourist attractions in Southeast Asia, providing the opportunity for tourists in these markets to build travel itineraries covering multiple cities in these destinations.

"Emirates' first air service to Myanmar supports the country's Tourism Master Plan to target 7.5 million tourist arrivals by 2020 and for Hanoi, the service will provide additional options for Vietnamese to travel to Dubai and Emirates' global network of destinations, while also making it easier for overseas Vietnamese and the growing number of tourists to travel to Vietnam," said Adnan Kazim, Emirates' Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation & Aeropolitical Affairs.

The three-class configured Boeing 777-300ER which Emirates will operate on the route offers 8 seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class.

Flights to Yangon and Hanoi will depart daily from Dubai as EK388 at 02:50hrs arriving at Yangon International Airport at 11:05hrs. The service will then depart from Yangon at 12:35hrs and arrive at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport at 14:50hrs. The return flight, EK389 will depart Hanoi at 22:50hrs, arriving at Yangon at 00:20hrs the next day. The service will then depart from Yangon at 01:50hrs and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 05:05hrs. 

Passengers travelling on Emirates' Boeing 777-300ER will be able to enjoy the airline's award-winning ice system with up to 2,200 channels of on-demand entertainment to choose from.

Emirates operates daily scheduled flights between Malta and Dubai. From 1st March Emirates will fly twice weekly to Malta, on Mondays and Wednesdays, via Larnaca in Cyprus, and on Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays the airline will operate the Dubai - Malta route on a circular routing via Tunis in Tunisia. The return flight will fly direct from Malta to Dubai. For more information about Emirates, please visit www.emirates.com.


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