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Air New Zealand continues seasonal flights to HCMC

Released at: 05:38, 01/10/2017

Air New Zealand continues seasonal flights to HCMC

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Strong customer demand sees seasonal Auckland-HCMC flights extended into 2018, from June 23 to October 23.

by Khanh Chi

Air New Zealand, named World’s Best Airline 2017 by AirlineRatings.com, has recently announced it will continue to operate its seasonal non-stop service to Ho Chi Minh City, due to high customer needs over the last year.

For the 2018 season, from June 23 to October 23, the carrier will operate two direct services a week between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, using the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. This will be the third consecutive year of its Vietnam operations.

Mr. Cam Wallace, Air New Zealand’s Chief Revenue Officer, said there has been a huge appetite for travel to Vietnam by Kiwis since the airline introduced a direct seasonal service to Ho Chi Minh City from Auckland in 2016.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many travelers enthusiastic about Ho Chi Minh City as a destination as it’s a great gateway to Vietnam’s tourism experience,” he said. “Demand for travel to Vietnam has been particularly strong during the July school holidays. Vietnam is one of the most affordable destinations for Kiwis and offers a memorable experience whether you are flying solo, as a couple, a family or a group of friends. It’s not surprising to us that it is starting to become a popular hot spot on the holiday calendar.”

According to figures from the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT), in the first seven months of this year the number of New Zealanders travelling to Vietnam was 27,203, up 119.5 per cent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, the number of Vietnamese visitors to New Zealand has also been growing rapidly over the years, with more than 6,000 arrivals by 2016. This shows the strong connection between the two countries and the great potential for flight routes between New Zealand and Vietnam.

Passengers will enjoy a uniquely Kiwi experience on board. The carrier’s in-flight experience has been recognized with a series of awards, including Best Premium Economy Class in the World (Trip Advisor Traveler Choice 2017), Best Personalization Innovation and Best In-Flight Entertainment Innovation (IFE: 2016 The Airline Passenger Experience Association Awards), and World’s Best Economy Cabins of 2015 & 2016 (AirlineRatings.com).

Air New Zealand is proud to be a member of Star Alliance. The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition, and seamless service to the international traveler. It currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.

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