Emirates adds Vietnam as destination 124 in their growing network


East African travelers will soon be able to say themselves the famous phrase spoken by Robin Williams, starring as the cantankerous, authority defying armed forces network DJ: Goooooood Mooooooorning Vietnaaaaaaam when travelling with Dubais award winning carrier Emirates, even though the daily flight will actually arrive at 19.20 hrs local time in the evening. An announcement made yesterday by the airlines Uganda country manager Khalid Al Zarouni confirmed that on 04th June will Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon, join the Emirates network as the 124th global destination, giving Ugandans, and other East Africans flying out of Nairobi and Dar es Salaam a daily one stop connection via Dubai.
The airline will initially use an A330-200 aircraft in a two class configuration of 27 business class and 251 economy class seats, before moving up the a three class B777-300ER from 28th October, it was stated to this correspondent in a media release.
Vietnam has in recent years become one of South Asias emerging economic powers and structural reforms have made the country an important upcoming investment and trade destination. The country also offers an astonishing number of tourist attractions including a UNESCO World Heritage Site on Hoi An island at Halong Bay and world class beach resorts along miles upon miles of white sandy beaches, making it a truly exotic place to visit.

(Picture provided by HK Strategies, courtesy of Emirates)

Ho Chi Minh City is Emirates 8th new route already launched this year, following, as reported here before, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Lusaka, Harare, Dallas and Seattle, with more new destinations to follow as the airline receives additional new aircraft from both Airbus and Boeing. Added a regular source at the Emirates office in Kampala: We expand our network to offer our travelers the widest choices when they fly on our daily flight from Entebbe and connect in Dubai. We offer stop over options both ways which give passengers the opportunity to see Dubai for a day or two and explore one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Since we moved to a nonstop flight between Entebbe and Dubai our popularity has grown and we connect Ugandans with one stop to the world, clearly buoyed by the news of having yet another destination feather in their cap. Visit www.emirates.com for more information.

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