Air New Zealand to begin flying direct to Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, Nov 13, 2015 17:20

A Boeing 767 of Air New Zealand. The airline plans to fly three times a week to HCM City from next June. — Photo NZ Herald

SYDNEY (Biz Hub) — Air New Zealand on November 13 announced it would fly three times a week to HCM City from next June.

The seasonal route will last to October 2016, and will be extended in the following year.

According to Chief Executive Officer of the Air New Zealand Christopher Luxon, selecting HCM City as a new international destination was in line with the airline's strategy Pacific Rim focus as the city is more attractive to Kiwi travellers.

The airline will initially use a Boeing 767-300 with 224 seats on the route.

Flight time to Viet Nam will be about 11 hours and the country will be popular with travellers who have travelled to Bali and Thailand.

Viet Nam is growing in popularity as a holiday destination with the number of New Zealanders with about 15,000 travelling these in the last year. This is expected to grow sharply with Air New Zealand's new services.

Much like Thailand or Bali, Viet Nam is becoming a go-to holiday spot for New Zealanders. House of Travel Commercial Director Brent Thomas said with 700 seats per week available over five months, this could amount to around 10,000 Kiwis taking advantage of the new flights to Viet Nam.

"We believe the direct flight to HCM City is likely to open up the central Viet Nam beaches, to become more of a relaxation destination," he said. — VNS

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