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Emirates Says Hello to Yangon and Hanoi

Emirates Says Hello to Yangon and Hanoi

Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam, starting 3rd August 2016, using a three-class configured Boeing 777-300ER.

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 30th March 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. Since the opening up of tourism in the country, Myanmar has continued to witness an increase in foreign tourist arrivals, in particular attracting those interested in eco-tourism or the country’s many historical temples. With its religious and ancient sites, natural trails and picturesque beaches, Yangon welcomed 1.1 million tourists in 2014, an increase of 25% 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 seven million. Hanoi’s economy has grown from strength to strength since the 1990s, and this is evident by the number of industrial parks and clusters across the city. Renowned for being a cultural hub, the city has a number of historic attractions, as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including 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 co-operation 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.

“With the opening of this service, Emirates will enhance its Southeast Asia offering and offer more choices for travellers in Myanmar and Vietnam to conveniently connect to 39 cities in Europe, 16 in the Middle East as well as a number of destinations across our extensive network in Africa and the Americas,” said Adnan Kazim, Emirates’ Divisional Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning, Revenue Optimisation & Aeropolitical Affairs.

“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.”

The three-class configured Boeing 777-300ER that Emirates will operate on the route offers eight seats in First Class, 42 seats in Business Class and 310 seats in Economy Class. In terms of cargo, up to 20 tonnes of capacity will be offered in the bellyhold on this service. This is in addition to the 260 tonnes of cargo capacity each way on our existing weekly cargo-only service between Dubai and Hanoi.

Flights to Yangon and Hanoi will depart daily from Dubai as EK388 at 02.50 arriving at Yangon International Airport at 11.05. The service will then depart from Yangon at 12.35 and arrive at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport at 14.50. The return flight, EK389 will depart Hanoi at 22.50, arriving at Yangon at 00.20 the next day. The service will then depart from Yangon at 01.50 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 05.05.

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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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