28 October 2012
DUBAI, U.A.E., 28th October 2012: Emirates, one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, on Sunday inaugurated its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on its Ho Chi Minh – Dubai route.
Emirates started its daily, non-stop flights to Vietnam from Dubai on 4 June 2012 with an Airbus A330-200. To meet growing demand on the route, the airline has upgraded the aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER, with 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 386 generously-sized Economy Class seats, increasing passenger capacity by almost 50 percent.
“Vietnam is one of the top emerging economies in Asia, and Ho Chi Minh City has been a significant commercial centre and popular tourism destination. We have been made very welcome since our launch here, and we look forward to further success in the market. The upgrade of aircraft on our flights to Ho Chi Minh City confirms our strong commitment to Vietnam,” said Salem Obaidalla, Emirates’ Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Far East & Australasia.
All classes of the new aircraft are equipped with Emirates’ award-winning ice entertainment system with more than 1,400 channels on-demand entertainment to choose from, including movies, television programmes, games, audio books and music from across the world. In addition to the entertainment, passengers can enjoy the delicacies from the exclusive menu served to them by Emirates Cabin Crew from over 120 nations including Vietnam.
In addition to carrying more passengers, the operation of the new aircraft will also have a positive impact on Vietnam’s import/export industry. Emirates SkyCargo, using the Airbus 330-200, had a belly-hold capacity of 17 tonnes in both directions. The Boeing 777-300ER has a capacity of 23 tonnes, which means businesses will benefit from an additional 84 tonnes of weekly capacity on the route. Commodities carried include clothing, consumer goods, perishables, automobile and machinery as well as steel and petroleum products.
In 2011, the bilateral trade between Vietnam and United Arab Emirates exceeded US$1.2 billion.
Emirates flight EK 390 departs Dubai International Airport at 0925hrs arriving at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 1850hrs. The return flight EK 391 departs at 2025hrs arriving in Dubai at 0050hrs the following day.
Emirates has a fleet of 187 aircraft and is the world's largest Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 operator. The airline now serves 126 destinations in 74 countries on six continents.