DALLAS – Vietnam Airlines (VA) has launched flight service between its two gateways of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to the Indian capital. The very first flight took place a day ago and landed at New Delhi Airport (DEL) at 2:45 p.m. local time.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the total number of visitors between India and Vietnam in 2019 reached over 300,000, proving the demand for opening new routes between the nations. Most Vietnamese tourists visited New Delhi.
The Hanoi-New Delhi sector will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week, while Ho Chi Minh City and the Indian capital on Thursdays and Saturdays.
- VN5025 Hanoi 11:50 a.m. New Delhi 2:25 p.m.
- VN5024 New Delhi 4:00 p.m. Hanoi 9:30 p.m.
- VN5029 Ho Chi Minh 11:55 a.m. New Delhi 3:00 p.m.
- VN5028 New Delhi 4:00 p.m. Ho Chi Minh 10:30 p.m.
But that’s not it, it’s not an ordinary Airbus A321 VA that will fly on the road but their latest jet, the Airbus A350-900. VA’s A350s are offered in a three-class configuration – the first variant comes with 29 Business Class, 45 Premium Economy Class and 231 Economy Class. The second, 29 in Business, 36 in Premium Economy and 240 in Economy.
It will be the third airline to operate between the two countries after IndiGo (6E) on the Kolkata-Hanoi and Kolkata-Ho Chi Minh routes, and Vietnamese low-cost airline Vietjet (VJ) on the Ho Chi Minh-New route. Delhi. . Once upon a time, Jet Airways (9W) served Ho Chi Minh City via Bangkok (BKK) from Mumbai (BOM).
A new regional jet for the carrier?
Vietnam Airlines is also considering a renewal of the fleet of its regional network. He currently flies a fleet of seven ATR-72s (six owned and one leased) and wishes to retire them by bringing in Embraers E190/E195 (unknown generation) or the Airbus A220 which will fly to the airports of Ca Mau, Can Tho, Con Dao, Dien Bien Phu, Rach Gia and Vinh City.
Earlier this year, Vietnam opened its doors to the world by lifting border restrictions. Routes resumed included Australia, China, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, France, Germany, Russia and the United States, Xinhua said, according to Tran Bao Ngoc, director of Vietnam’s Department of Transport. .
Featured Image: Vietnam Airlines VN-A896 Airbus A350-900. Photo: Tony Bordelais/Airways