Vietnam-UK direct flight officially opened
Morning 9th Dec 2011, at Gatwick Airport, United Kingdom, Vietnam Airlines has officially opened the first direct flights connecting major cities of Vietnam in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh to the United Kingdom.
Boeing 777 Vietnam 144 branded landing at Gatwick airport 12.19 am (noon on the same day Vietnam time) marked the first time in history, passengers from Vietnam to the UK and in the direction can fly straight back nonstop flights, with flight time of about 12 hours, shorter than about 7 hour flight with a stop journey today.
Direct flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh with the UK was put into operation with a frequency of 4 flights / week, with flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City at 23 hours 30 minutes, and from London, England, at 12 hours 20 minutes (local time).
Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony opening Vietnam-UK direct route include Transport Minister Dinh La Thang, Chairman and CEO of Vietnam Airlines Pham Ngoc Minh and CEO Stewart Wingate Gatwick airport.
In an interview with Vietnam News Agency correspondent in England, Minister Dinh La Thang said that direct flights between Vietnam and the UK "is the driving force continues to promote the economic, political, diplomatic, trade, investment, tourism and cultural ties. "
In the opening period, Vietnam Airlines to apply a discounted price U.S. $ 20,979,000 (approximately 999 USD) for retail customers from Vietnam to London. This is the return ticket price, including tax, fuel surcharge and may change the exchange rate at the time of ticket.
This is a direct route eighth straight from Vietnam to four countries in Europe, bringing the total number of direct weekly flights between Vietnam and Europe by Vietnam Airlines direct flight operators to 29, while expanding flight network Its 48 international line up.
Vietnam Airlines is expected to increase frequency of flights to the UK on 7 flights / week from 2 first Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh in 2015.