New Route of the Day – Asia Pacific (7 December 2023): Vietnam Airlines between Ho Chi Minh City and Perth
Vietnam Airlines inaugurated a new service between Ho Chi Minh City and Perth on Thursday 7 December. The 4,835-kilometre route will be maintained 3-weekly, on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays departing the Vietnamese capital. Flights will be operated by the 259-seat 787-9 aircraft. The SkyTeam member will compete directly against LCC VietJet, which runs five weekly rotations between the two cities.
Flight VN791 departs Ho Chi Minh City at 15:50 local time, arriving in Perth at 23:05 local time. The inbound service, operating as flight VN790, takes off from the West Australian capital on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays at 00:50 local time, touching back down in Vietnam at 06:10 local time.
What they said
Nguyen Huu Tung, General Manager for Australia at Vietnam Airlines, said: “Considering the rapid growth in tourism and trade between the two countries, these new flights will create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Australia to visit relatives and actively promote investment, cultural, economic, social, and educational exchanges between the two. The introduction of flights to Perth affirms Vietnam Airlines’ long-term commitment to the Australian market.”
Roger Cook, the Premier of Western Australia, added: “This new flight opens up new opportunities between WA and Vietnam, and delivers a new visitor market for our business and tourism sectors supporting local jobs and the economy. It further cements our airlinks with southeast Asia, helping to build our strong relationships in the region. WA’s Vietnamese community has played an important role in our social, economic and cultural development as a State, and we look forward to continuing to grow our opportunities with Vietnam.”
Vietnam Airlines to expand Australia operations
Perth becomes Vietnam Airlines’ third destination in Australia, with the carrier already serving Sydney and Melbourne from its two hubs in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The airline has set out an ambitious growth plan for the Australian market up until 2025. The carrier intends to increase frequencies on its new Perth service to 5-weekly next year, as well as introduce operations from Hanoi as well.
The new Perth operation from Ho Chi Minh will provide nearly 43,000 inbound seats each year to Western Australia, which will tap into the emerging Vietnamese market and build on the 11,000 visitors who travelled to Western Australia in the year ending June 2023 – many of whom come to holiday or visit family and friends.
There are more than 20,000 Vietnamese-born people living in Western Australia, and Vietnamese is the third most reported language other than English spoken in Western Australian homes.
Western Australia nears full international post-pandemic recovery
The Western Australian government launched a $75 million Aviation Recovery Fund (ARF) in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, which is delivered as part of the state’s Reconnect WA strategy. The new Vietnam Airlines service has brought the number of new or relaunched non-stop international flights into Perth to 18 destinations since the pandemic, as part of the recovery fund.
In December, Perth’s international aviation capacity has recovered to 90%. Singapore Airlines is the largest international carrier in Perth, operating 4-daily flights into the West Australian capital. It is followed by Air Asia and Batik Air from Malaysia.