Youth Today recently interviewed Abdulla Adnan, manager of Emirates Airline, Cambodia.
YT: As a big airline company, what made you interested in entering Cambodia?
Mr Abdulla: We predict strong continued demand for passengers travelling from Cambodia to our global network of destinations across Europe, the Middle East and the Americas.
Cambodia is a new, but regionally and globally significant, destination in Asia for both tourism and business. Our Business Class and Economy Class products are second to none, and we are confident that the demand is there to be met.
Emirates has been a very popular option for many travellers as we continue to evolve our products and service offerings in Cambodia and the destinations we fly to.
As the world’s largest airline, with our hub in Dubai reaching all six continents, it only makes sense that Emirates operates in Phnom Penh, a vibrant Asian city.
YT: How many countries do you think Cambodian people or others can fly to? Why did you select only those countries?
Mr Abdulla: With over 150 destinations (84 countries) on six continents, Emirates connects the world to Cambodia, particularly between travellers in Europe and North America, via one stop in our multicultural and cosmopolitan hub city, Dubai.
Emirates wants to connect Cambodian people to the rest of the world and the world to Cambodia.
YT: What special services does your airline offer that could attract Cambodian passengers? And how many flights a day will there be?
Mr Abdulla: Emirates has one daily flight from Phnom Penh to Dubai via Yangon, with a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in a two class configuration. Outbound, flight EK389 will depart Phnom Penh at 11.10 pm, and will arrive in Dubai at 05.40 am the next day, after a short stop in Yangon.
The departure time from Dubai seamlessly connects with a number of European services such as Paris, London, Rome, and Frankfurt. All times are local.
Emirates brings our passengers from Cambodia and other locations a wide range of choices for their journey. Emirates also offers excellent onboard services from an international cabin crew who come from 130 nationalities and speak over 60 languages.
With large, spacious, lie flat seats in Business Class, as well as the largest in-seat screens in the world in Economy Class at up to 13.3 inches and more than 2,500 channels of on-demand entertainment on the award-winning inflight entertainment system, ice, Emirates provides quality products and value for money.
Those travelling with children can take advantage of the extensive family offering from priority boarding across all airports to special kid’s meals, dedicated children’s entertainment on ice and exclusive Fly With Me Animal toys and Lonely Planet Kids activity bags on board.
We have a superior product and a vast route network, and we intend to demonstrate to passengers from Cambodia why we have such a world-renowned reputation for service excellence.
YT: Could you tell me about the Cambodians that fly on your airline?
Mr Abdulla: Since operations commenced between Dubai and Phnom Penh in July 2017, more than 42,000 passengers have flown the route. We do not reveal specific passenger information, but we have a wide range of ages of people flying from Phnom Penh to our global network of destinations.
Additionally, all passengers who book return tickets from Phnom Penh to Yangon, Dubai, Paris, and beyond, from today till Jan. 29, can now avail of Emirates’ special fares on Business and Economy Class. Return fares from Phnom Penh to Yangon start from $235 in Economy Class and $750 in Business Class.
Dubai from $523 in Economy Class and $1,642 in Business Class; fares to Europe start from $646 in Economy Class and $2,306 in Business Class; while fares to the US start from $909 in Economy Class and $3,558 in Business Class. The fares are valid for travel between Jan. 14 and July 14, 2018 and between Aug 4 and Nov. 30, 2018.