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Vietjet plans to open direct routes to Australia

Released at: 09:44, 19/03/2018

Vietjet plans to open direct routes to Australia

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HCMC-Brisbane flights may take to skies next year.

by Linh San

Vietjet Air and the Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) in Queensland, Australia have signed an agreement to open a non-stop service between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane, looking to boost the region’s integration and trade exchange. The direct flights are expected to be launched in 2019.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and senior leaders from Vietnam and Australia witnessed the signing ceremony in Sydney.

Ms. Julieanne Alroe, CEO and Managing Director of BAC, said travel between Queensland and Vietnam has been growing at an average of 8 per cent per annum over the last five years and the new service would further stimulate the market. 

“It makes perfect sense for Vietjet to choose Brisbane as its very first Australian port for direct flights, given that Ho Chi Minh City is one of Brisbane’s top five markets without non-stop services,” she said. “We look forward to welcoming Vietjet to the Brisbane Airport family and further strengthening ties between Queensland and Vietnam.”

“The Ho Chi Minh City-Brisbane route is also the first non-stop service between the two cities under the cooperation and support of BAC and Tourism & Events Queensland,” said Vietjet Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh. “I believe the service will soon be put into operation, meeting the increasing travel demand of many people and tourists.”

She added that following the airline’s “Sky Connection” program, Vietjet has been fully prepared for international aviation integration, with high-quality and friendly services, to connect Vietnam’s economic and tourism hubs with international destinations, including Australia, an amazing country that Vietjet expects to connect with shortly so it can offer more air travel opportunities to Vietnamese people and regional travelers. 

The capital of Queensland and 900 km north of Sydney, Brisbane is the third most-populous city in Australia. It is renowned for its young, dynamic and friendly people and rapid economic growth over recent years. With mild weather, ranging from 15C to 25C in winter and 25C to 35C in summer, it is becoming an ideal destination for international students and tourists, especially those from the Asia-Pacific, including Vietnam.

During Prime Minister Phuc’s recent official visit to Australia, Vietjet and Investec Bank PLC signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) worth $609 million to finance the purchase of five Airbus A321 aircraft.

Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline with low-cost and diversified services to meet customer demand. It not only provides transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services. 

It is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and has IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification. The airline was named one of the Top 500 Brands in Asia 2016 by global marketing researchers Nielsen, Best Asian Low Cost Carrier at the TTG Travel Awards 2015, which compiles votes from travelers, travel agencies and tour operators throughout Asia, and Asia’s Best Employer Brand by the Employer Branding Institute and World HRD Congress for many years. The airline was also rated as one of the top three fastest-growing airline brands on Facebook in the world by Socialbakers.

The airline currently boasts a fleet of 55 aircraft, including A320s and A321s, and operates 385 flights each day. It has already transported more than 55 million passengers on a network of 82 routes in Vietnam and across the region to international destinations such as Thailand, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, mainland China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar and Cambodia.

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