Etihad Airways are set to launch from October 2013 new daily flight to the commercial capital of Vietnam and it’s most populated city; Ho Chi Minh. This will be the airlines sixth destination within the ASEAN, Association of South East Asian Nations, having already flights that go to Jakarta, Bangkok, Manila, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.
The service that Etihand Airways is offering to Ho Chi Minh City is in conjunction with their partner airlines, and extends their flight network to 21 destinations within the ASEAN region. These new services to Ho Chi Minh are aimed at meeting the growing demand due the rapidly expanding economy in Vietnam, and will be supporting the increasing ties the country has with the UAE, and Abu Dhabi in particular.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are delighted to announce the introduction of Ho Chi Minh City to the Etihad Airways’ global flight network. Like our home-base of Abu Dhabi, it is a vibrant, culturally rich and expanding city popular with business and leisure travellers.
“The route will be ideal to carry passengers and cargo point to point from the United Arab Emirates, as well as from Etihad Airways destinations across the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.”
The new flight services will further support joint UAE and Vietnam government ventures in areas of energy, infrastructure, tourism, and civil construction. UAE investment in Vietnam now stands at more than US $3 billion and two-way trade revenue approximately US $1.3 billion.
Mr Hogan added: “Etihad Airways has a strong South East Asian network and the addition of daily services to Ho Chi Minh City underlines our commitment to this region that continues to experience strong commercial growth across many industries, especially tourism, manufacturing and technology.”
HE Tran Ngoc Thach, Ambassador of Vietnam to the UAE, said: “I believe that Etihad’s direct flights to Vietnam will contribute to improving understanding between the two peoples of Viet Nam and the UAE. More and more tourists will come to Viet Nam and a greater number of tourists will come to the UAE. They will also help to increase trade and tourism between our two countries for the benefit of the people and countries.”
Flights between Abu Dhabi and Ho Chi Minh City will begin on 1 October 2013 and will be served by a two class A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft will have 22 Pearl Business Class seats and 240 Coral Economy Class seats – a total 3,668 seats per week.
Etihad Airways codeshare with Vietnam Airlines already provides Etihad Airways passengers with daily connections through Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur to both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.
Already in 2012 Etihad Airways has announced the launch of non-stop flights to Sao Paulo, Washington, D.C., Lagos, Addis Ababa and Ahmedabad.
These cities are part of the airline’s 10-year network growth plan which will see Etihad Airways fly to up to 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2020.