Fairly a bit has been written about Vietnam airline, Vietjet, and its entry into the Australian market. Phrases modified to motion final night time when the airline’s first Australian flight landed at Melbourne Airport.
Melbourne Worldwide Airport (MEL) is the primary of three Australian locations introduced by Vietjet, with companies additionally scheduled for Sydney and Brisbane. All three flights will function from Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh Metropolis Worldwide Airport (SGN) utilizing Airbus A330 widebodies.
Vietjet flight VJ81 departed Ho Chi Minh Metropolis yesterday at 11:33, operated by a 2008 mannequin Airbus A330-300, registration VN-A811 and MSN 00974. The jet coated the 6,683 kilometers (4,150 miles) to Melbourne in 8:21 hours, touchdown within the Victorian capital at 22:55.
After a comparatively temporary turnaround, the A330, adorned with the distinctive Petrolimex Aviation sticker, left Melbourne this morning at 02:29 on flight VJ82 to Hanoi. It was rapidly again into service at 09:20 on a service to Vietnam’s capital metropolis airport, Hanoi Noi Bai Worldwide (HAN). The plane usually flies between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh Metropolis and when working internationally to Tokyo Narita Airport (NRT).
One other new airline at MEL
The service will function 3 times weekly, with arrivals into Melbourne on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and departures to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis at 00:30 the next day. The plane used final night time was initially delivered to AirAsia X in December 2008 and joined Vietjet in January this 12 months. It stays in its unique two-class configuration of 12 seats in SkyBoss enterprise and 365 in economic system.
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Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, Jim Parashos, stated that Vietjet’s arrival would considerably enhance seat capability to Vietnam and improve alternative for passengers heading to the area.
“Victorians can’t get sufficient of visiting Vietnam, it has persistently been one among our prime 10 worldwide locations. Low-cost fares will make the journey much more interesting to leisure and enterprise travellers, and naturally, individuals wanting to attach with household and pals at each ends of the route.”
For practically 50 years, Melbourne has been dwelling to a really massive Vietnamese group, which presents Vietjet with a ready-made marketplace for its low fares mannequin. Including much more demand are the practically 10,000 Vietnamese college students enrolled at Victorian academic establishments, one of many state’s largest worldwide pupil populations.
Making a giant play for the Australian market
Given the scale of the market alternative and the extraordinarily low introductory fares, it’s possible that Vietjet goes to be successful within the Australian market. Already the airline has plans to extend Melbourne flights to every day by December 2024, which represents an annual improve of 136,000 seats on the route.
VietJet is beginning companies between Ho Chi Minh Metropolis and Sydney later this week and is planning to launch direct flights to Brisbane in June. The Brisbane Airport (BNE) to Ho Chi Minh Metropolis (SGN) service would be the first nonstop flight between Queensland and Vietnam and is scheduled to start on June sixteenth, with flight VJ84 departing from Brisbane Airport at 23:10 and arriving in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis at 04:50 the next day.
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