Emirates Increases Flights to the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia

Emirates Increases Flights to the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia

Emirates is increasing its services to three of its destinations in South East Asia, the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. From 3rd December 2012, there will be an increase in the number of flights on the Dubai to Kuala Lumpur route from three daily to 25 a week, increasing to 26 a week from 6th February 2013. Starting 1st January 2013, Emirates will introduce a third daily, non-stop flight to Manila; with a third daily, non-stop service beginning on 1st March 2013 to Jakarta.


“Due to the strong demand we are experiencing, Emirates has added much-needed seat capacity on its flights to Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur and Manila,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations Far East & Australia. “The extra daily flights will increase capacity on the Jakarta and Manila routes by 50% and I would like to thank the relevant authorities in the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia for their support.

“The new services offer our passengers with more options of their preferred departure time when travelling to Dubai, or travelling onwards throughout our ever-expanding global network. The extra capacity will also stimulate further tourism and trade between Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, UAE and beyond.

“Emirates began services to the Philippines in 1990, Indonesia in 1992 and Kuala Lumpur in 1996, and since then we have continued to focus on our commitment to these markets and also ensuring that we offer our passengers the best on-board product, including our award-winning ‘ice’, offering 1,400 channels of on-demand entertainment – the largest selection of programming in the sky.”


The third daily service will be operated by one of Emirates’ Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, in the same two-class configuration, 42 Business Class lie-flat seats and 386 Economy Class seats, as the current double-daily service. The new service EK336 departs Dubai at 18.30 arriving in Manila at 06.30 the following day. The return flight, EK337, departs Manila at 08.45 arriving in Dubai at 13.45, in time to connect to the afternoon departures to Europe.


From 1st March, the new service EK368 will depart Dubai at 19.05 arriving in Jakarta at 06.15 the following day. The return flight leaves Jakarta as EK369 at 07.45 arriving in Dubai at 13.10. As with the two current flights, the new service will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, in a two-class configuration.

Kuala Lumpur

Emirates will introduce an extra four flights a week to Kuala Lumpur from Dubai from 3rd December on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with the flight on a Wednesday beginning on 6th February 2013. The new service EK344, operated by an Airbus A330-200, will depart Dubai at 21.45hrs and arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 08.50 the following day. The return flight, EK345 departs Kuala Lumpur at 11.00 arriving in Dubai at 14.30. The new service will add an extra 2,370 seats per week between Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.

Cargo will also receive an impetus, with an extra 161 tonnes of capacity introduced per week, per direction on the Jakarta and Manila routes and an extra 85 tonnes per week, per direction on the Kuala Lumpur service.

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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