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Emirates Boosts Flights to Asia

Media Release
13 October 2005

Emirates Boosts Flights to Asia

Emirates has responded to strong customer demand by reinforcing its routes in Asia, upping services and streamlining schedules to Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Jakarta.

In addition to these five destinations, Emirates also serves Shanghai, Seoul, Osaka and Manila, plus Taipei (cargo only) - a total of 10 destinations in East Asia. In February 2006, the airline will launch daily services to Beijing, the airline's second destination in China.

Richard Vaughan, Emirates' Senior Vice President Commercial Operations East Asia and Australasia, said: "Emirates Airline is a hot favourite among travellers in the Far East - in fact in the last financial year, strong customer preference meant the East Asia and Australasia region was responsible for 28% of our revenue. By increasing our services, we are providing our customers in key markets with more schedule flexibility, capacity and choice."

Emirates flies four daily return services from New Zealand to Dubai and beyond.

Emirates' service improvements in East Asia are:

Hong Kong Two additional round trips between Dubai and Hong Kong, every Thursday and Saturday, boosting the airline's services by 17%, from 12 flights to 14 flights per week.

Jakarta Starting end-October, direct flights from Dubai to Jakarta thrice every week - Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays - returning to Dubai via Singapore. The city is also served four times a week by Flight EK 348, flying via Colombo and Singapore, and thrice a week by EK 346 via Kuala Lumpur.

Singapore Six more weekly services from Dubai to Singapore starting end-October, representing growth of 33%, bringing the total number of return flights between the two cities to 24 per week. One of the daily services from Auckland operates through Singapore.

Kuala Lumpur >From end-October, five weekly direct services to Kuala Lumpur in addition to three flights via Singapore.

Bangkok >From early November, one more direct flight from Dubai to Bangkok - instead of Wednesdays, flight EK 372 will now fly on Thursdays and Saturdays, giving the city a total of 19 flights a week. One of the daily services from Auckland operates through Bangkok.

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