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Vietjet begins Hanoi to Melbourne service

written by Adam Thorn | June 5, 2024

A Vietjet A330-300. The Vietnamese carrier intends to replace them with A330neos from 2026. (Image: Vietjet)

Vietjet’s inaugural A330 flight from Hanoi to Melbourne touched down in the Victorian capital on Tuesday.

The A330-300, VN-A817, departed Hanoi at 5:39 pm on 3 June as flight VJ93 and landed in the Victorian capital at 6 am the next morning.

The twice-weekly return service to Hanoi will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays, departing Melbourne at 0730 and touching down in Hanoi at 1440 on the same day.

Full-service carrier Vietnam Airlines also flies from Hanoi to Melbourne and Sydney, with Melbourne-Hanoi flights commencing last June.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Jim Parashos said, “Vietnam is one of the fastest growing economies in the region and a key trading partner with Australia. Here at Melbourne Airport, Vietnam sits in our top ten export market, with almost three million tonnes of local products being loaded onto aircraft during the last twelve months.

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“Vietjet’s Hanoi service will complement its current five times a week service to Ho Chi Minh City and will give Victorians new connections into countries like India as well as other Asian destinations.

“We know there will be two-way demand for this service, Vietnam is in our top ten outbound destinations, meanwhile the inbound market is supported by strong trade, business and leisure demand.”

The launch comes days before Vietjet launches flights between Sydney and Hanoi on 8 June. That service will be Vietjet’s seventh connecting Australia to Vietnam.

Melbourne is the first Australian destination served by Vietjet to Hanoi, with Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide all having Vietjet services to Ho Chi Minh City.

The low-cost carrier introduced daily flights from Melbourne and Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City in December, having commenced its service to Melbourne three times per week on Easter Sunday 2023, and began flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Adelaide via Perth in November.

The airline’s vice president, Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh, said, “With this new route, we believe Vietjet will further grow in the Australian market.

“We are proud to launch this new route and hope to bring opportunities for Victoria tourists to explore Vietnam and all destinations on our network with 168 routes across Vietnam and internationally.”

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