YANGON, 29 February 2016: Emirates will launch a daily service from Dubai to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam, starting 3 August.
The new service will link two Mekong Region destinations directly to the Dubai hub where passenger can transfer to flights to Europe, Middle East, Africa and the Americas.
If successful it will cut into Bangkok’s role as the main gateway to the Mekong Region.
According to the airline’s statement, the new service will use a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a three-class configuration — eight 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 (EK388) at 0250 and arrive in Yangon International Airport at 1105. The service will then depart from Yangon at 1235 and arrive in Hanoi at 1450.
The return flight, EK389, will depart Hanoi at 2250, arriving at Yangon at 0020 the following day. The service will then depart from Yangon at 0150 and arrive at Dubai International Airport at 0505.
“This new route will strengthen Emirates’ network in Southeast Asia, offering a new flight option to passengers travelling between Hanoi and Yangon, and open a direct route for travellers to Dubai where they can access Emirates’ global network,” the airline said.
The new service will expand the airline’s network in Southeast Asia to 12 cities (including Cebu and Clark in the Philippines which starts 30 March) in seven countries when it comes online in August.
Hanoi will be Emirates’ second destination in 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, can strengthen its regional codeshares agreements with Bangkok Airways and Jetstar (Vietnam), opening up connecting services to other destinations in ASEAN from Yangon and Hanoi.
It will help Emirates to sell travel itineraries covering multiple cities across ASEAN.
Travellers in Myanmar and Vietnam will be able to connect to 39 cities in Europe, 16 in the Middle East as well as a number of destinations across the carrier extensive network in Africa and the Americas through the Dubai hub.