Air New Zealand’s inaugural flight from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City touched down at Vietnam’s largest city on Saturday evening.
Ho Chi Minh becomes the airline’s 30th international destination, and joins Houston, Buenos Aires and Beijing as recent additions to the Kiwi flag carrier’s international route map.
“This new service is a further expansion of our presence in South East Asia and our strategic focus on the Pacific Rim,” Air New Zealand chief sales and commercial officer Cam Wallace, who was on the first flight, said in a statement.
“We’re very excited to be able to offer our customers the first direct air link between New Zealand and Vietnam which will operate on a seasonal basis three times per week from now through until the end of October.”
Air New Zealand is using Boeing 767-300ERs on its Ho Chi Minh City services, which will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.