Vietnam Airlines builds Mekong hub

September 13, 2012 by  
Filed under ASEAN AFFAIRS, Aviation, News, Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY, 13 September 2012: Vietnam Airlines outlined expansion at the 4-Code presentation seminar, Wednesday, just prior to the opening of 8th International Travel Expo 2012 in Ho Chi Minh City.

The national airline reiterated its commitment at the trade fair to build Vietnam as a major gateway to the other three countries — Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia – that are part of the Four Countries One Destination marketing activity.

In the plan, Vietnam Airlines is identified as the main carrier to transport tourists between the four participating nations.

The carrier has ordered 10 Airbus A350-900 aircraft and eight B787-9 for delivery starting in 2015. Prior to that, 26 aircraft are due to join the fleet before the end of 2014.

By 2020, it will have 170 aircraft, up from 79 today. At the same time international destinations, will grow from 28 to 55 and domestic from 20 to 23. Annual passengers should reach 14.6 million this year and 40.5 million in 2020.

Vietnam Airlines’ network in the 4-CODE region will have 25 weekly flights on the route Hanoi-Siem Reap; HCMC-Siem Reap, twice daily; Hanoi-Yangon, five weekly and HCMC-Yangon three weekly.

In the next two years, Vietnam Airlines’ will add flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Mandalay in Myanmar; as well as on routes Hanoi-Phnom Penh (Cambodia) and HCMC-Vientiane (Laos). It will also fly from Danang in the central part of the country to all the CLMV capital cities in the future.

To promote the marketing strategy the CLMV countries will launch an advertising campaign to the sub-region. They will support travel agents with advertising campaigns to consumers, improve seat allocation, joint marketing; give incentives to agents who sell tickets to Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar; organise fam trips to enhance destination awareness as well as attend trade fairs and road shows. There are also plans to encourage more charter flights from Korea, Japan and China.

Over the next two years, Vietnam Airlines will focus on North Asia a top source of arrivals. It is planning new routes such as Hanoi-Nanjing and Danang-Guangzhou; Danang-Taipei and Hanoi-Dalian by 2015 followed by Can Tho-Taipei, HCMC-Taichung in Taiwan, HCMC-Hangzhou, Hanoi-Hangzhou and Danang- Hong Kong between 2015 and 2016.

The airline flies 44 flights a week from Hanoi and HCMC to Japan (Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Nagoya); 42 flights a week to Hong Kong and Taiwan; 35 flights a week to China (Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu and 28 flights a week to Korea (Seoul and Pusan).

To Oceania, Vietnam Airlines plans a daily flight from Hanoi to Sydney between 2013 and 2014 and to Melbourne between 2015 and 2016. It is flying daily to Melbourne and Sydney but just from HCMC.

Long-haul flight plans for 2014 to 2015 include services to Berlin. It is now flying from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Moscow (six weekly); Paris and Frankfurt (daily); London Gatwick (four weekly). Other destinations being considered in the long-term include Amsterdam, Prague and Milan in Europe and the US West Coast. In 2019 it hopes to establish a service to Africa.

On the domestic front, it plans Phu Quoc-Hanoi; Boun Ma Thout-Vinh; Ving-Quy Nhong; Danang-Can Tho.

Vietnam Airlines assistant to general manager, passenger marketing division, Hoang Viet Thang who gave a presentation to buyers and media, noted plans were subject to review, but new destinations set for a launch in 2013 should be finalised by the end of the year.

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