Emirates has started daily flights from Dubai to Yangon in Myanmar, and onwards to Hanoi in Vietnam.
The new service, which is operated with a Boeing 777-300ER, takes the airline’s network in Southeast Asia to 12 cities in seven countries.
“Yangon, the first destination within Myanmar to be served by Emirates, is one of the fastest growing economies in Southeast Asia,” Emirates said in a statement.
“As the country’s largest city and the most important commercial centre, Yangon contributes approximately one fifth to the country’s GDP. The previously undiscovered country offers visitors a rare glimpse of ancient Asia, and since the opening up of tourism, has witnessed an increase in foreign tourist arrivals.”
Hanoi meanwhile is Emirates’ second gateway within Vietnam following the launch of services to Ho Chi Minh City in 2012.
The aircraft’s first daily flight was greeted in Yangon and Hanoi by traditional water cannon salutes upon arrival.
Earlier this week, Emirates announced another addition to its Far East offering, with its flagship A380 being used on services between Dubai and Guangzhou from October 21.
Since the route’s inauguration in 2008, Emirates has been flying a two-class Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its daily flights between Guangzhou and Dubai, and the airline has seen steady growth for its service on the route.
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