Emirates in expansion mode
Emirates has launched daily service from Dubai to Dublin, making its maiden Irish route the third new routing unveiled since the start of the new year; the carrier launched flights to Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro earlier this month. Emirates also announced plans to add a daily flight from Dubai to Ho Chi Minh City on June 4. New routes to Lusaka, Zambia; Harare, Zimbabwe; Dallas and Seattle have already been scheduled.
The A330-200 flights are expected to serve as an entry into Australia, India, Thailand, China and the Philippines.
According to a company press release, almost a quarter of Ireland's exports are pharmaceuticals, and Emirates officials expect belly-hold space to be filled with these time-sensitive products. This direct flight will make exporting pharmaceuticals more advantageous, according to the release; previously Emirates' only link to Ireland was a SkyCargo flight routed through the UK.
"With a daily direct service between Dubai and Ireland, trade, tourism and relations between the two countries and beyond will continue to grow,” Leo Varadkar, Ireland’s minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, said in a statement announcing the new service.
The Vietnam flight will originally be serviced using an A330-200, but will be transitioned to a 777-300ER route in October.
Clark said he and other airline officials had started planning for the Vietnam service in April, when Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates signed an Air Services MoU, hoping to benefit from the robust trade between UAE and Vietnam, which topped $24 million in 2010. Emirates SkyCargo has had a presence in the Vietnam region for a number if years, but exports from the country — which, according to a press release, range from tablet PCs to sportswear – were shipped through other Emirates’ Asian gateways.