Another day, another new destination for Emirates, with the airline planning to launch a daily service to Penang in Malaysia.
The new service will be operated a daily service – as a one-stop service via Singapore from April 2020 onwards and will be the second Malaysian destination of Emirates.
This will extend EK348/349 as follows:
EK348 DEPART DXB 02:30 ARRIVE SIN 14:05 DEPART SIN 15:35 ARRIVE PEN 17:15 EK349 DEPART PEN 22:20 ARRIVE SIN 23:50 DEPART SIN 01:40+1 ARRIVE DXB 04:55+1 Commences 9th April 2020 Booked Equipment Boeing 777-300ER Data: Emirates
Emirates will utilise a three-class Boeing 777-300ER on this route, configured with the usual
- 8 Private First Class Suites
- 42 Business Class Seats
- 304 Economy Seats
The airline already operates a three-times daily service to the Malaysian capital – Kuala Lumpur. This will be the airline first venture up to North Malaysia, offering both passenger and cargo belly space between the destinations.
In terms of timings, the flights will meet the appropriate East/West departure banks at Dubai International Airport.
Adnan Kazim, Chief Commercial Officer at Emirates said
“Penang is a major centre for tourism, business travel, as well as medical tourism and the increased levels of inbound travel is consistent with the growth in numbers of visitors to the country. We have been serving Malaysia through our flights to Kuala Lumpur for more than 20 years, with three-times daily service, and the introduction of flights to Penang will help us meet growing demand from leisure and business travellers, both to and from Malaysia. We are also pleased that the fifth freedom flights between Penang and Singapore will connect two sister cities and increase connectivity for passengers in South East Asia,”
Penang can be reached directly from the Middle East if you’re going via Doha with Qatar Airways. Otherwise, if you’re choosing Singapore as your hub, Air Asia, Scoot, Jetstar and Silk Air provide regional connectivity currently offer flights.
For those travelling from via one of the Middle Eastern hubs, it’s a new option.
Editor’s snarky note
I go through the Emirates PR’s more often than not, to look for that classic line when it talks about its Economy seating aboard a Boeing 777-300ER. And once again – it’s present.
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