Emirates launches service to Hanoi
The Saigon Times Daily
Haitham Al Battawy (C), Emirates country manager for Vietnam, fields reporters’ questions about the carrier’s new passenger service at a press conference in Hanoi on Wednesday – PHOTO: EMIRATES
HCMC – Fast-growing airline Emirates has commenced a daily passenger service from Dubai to Yangon in Myanmar and Hanoi in Vietnam as part of a strategy to expand its presence in Southeast Asia.
Emirates said in a statement that the maiden flight EK388 from Dubai arrived at Noi Bai International Airport at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The airline uses the three-class configured Boeing 777-300ER on the route.
The carrier said Hanoi is the carrier’s new passenger gateway within Vietnam following the launch of passenger flights to HCMC in 2012 and the cargo-only service to Hanoi in 2013. Its flights to and from Vietnam cater to the needs of Vietnamese flyers for Vietnamese-speaking cabin crew and in-flight cuisine options including Vietnamese dishes.
Flight EK389 departs from Noi Bai airport at 10:50 p.m. and arrives in Yangon at 00:20 a.m. The aircraft then takes off at Yangon at 1:50 a.m. and lands at Dubai International Airport at 5:05 a.m. Meanwhile, flight EK388 departs Dubai at 3:30 a.m. and arrives in Yangon at 11:40 a.m. and then in Hanoi at 3:30 p.m.
The new service expands the airline’s network in Southeast Asia to 12 cities in seven countries and offers more choices and convenience to passengers travelling between Hanoi and Yangon to Dubai and beyond.
Haitham Al Battawy, Emirates country manager for Vietnam, said in the statement that with an extensive global network of 155 destinations in 81 countries and territories, the airline will help enhance connectivity for Hanoi and its neighbouring areas.
Like other Emirates flights, passengers flying with the airline on the new route are allowed to check in baggage of up to 35kg for Economy Class, 40kg for Business Class, and 50kg for First Class.