On 3 August, Emirates launched its first service to Myanmar – Yangon ‒ and its second service to Vietnam – Hanoi ‒ it has served Ho Chi Minh City since 2012. The new daily sector will be operated by the airline’s 777-300 fleet.
- Emirates launched a new daily service from Dubai (DXB) to Yangon (RGN) in Myanmar and Hanoi (HAN) in Vietnam on 3 August, expanding its network in South East Asia. This new triangular route expands the airline’s footprint in the South East Asian region to 12 cities across seven countries. Hanoi becomes the MEB3 carrier’s second Vietnamese sector, adding to existing operations to Ho Chi Minh City, which launched in 2012. Operated by the airline’s 777-300 fleet, the service faces no direct competition, however fellow MEB3 carrier Qatar Airways does fly thrice-weekly to Yangon and also daily to Hanoi from its Doha hub. “With an extensive global network of 155 destinations in 81 countries and territories, Emirates will help enhance connectivity for Hanoi and its neighbouring areas, providing more convenience and choice for travellers, adding more opportunities for inbound tourism and more export markets for regional products,” Haitham Al Battawy, Emirates’ Country Manager for Vietnam, said at the launch ceremony. Deputy Director of Hanoi Airport Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the launch of Emirates’ service had brought the total number of airlines operating at the facility to 50, comprising 45 international airlines and five domestic ones. See how Hanoi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.