VietJet To Expand International Routes From Da Nang

Vietnam’s aviation market keeps growing. Now, VietJet, a low-cost carrier, has opened two new international routes from Da Nang. This marks an important development as the carrier continues to grow.

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VietJet is expanding out of Da Nang. Photo: VietJet

VietJet’s new Da Nang routes

Customers looking to fly from Hong Kong and Singapore to Da Nang will soon have another option. This is according to scheduling data published at Routesonline. From December 12th, 2019, VietJet will fly an A321 once daily between Da Nang and Hong Kong.

Da Nang to Hong Kong on VJ872 departs at 12:45 local time with arrival scheduled at 15:30.On Saturdays, the schedule changes. VJ872 departs from Da Nang at 13:35 with arrival scheduled at 16:20 in Hong Kong (local time). The return, VJ873 departs Hong Kong at 17:20 with arrival in Da Nang scheduled at 18:05.

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VietJet will fly A321 aircraft from Da Nang to Hong Kong and Singapore. Photo: VietJet

For Singapore, VJ973 will depart Da Nang at 12:15 with arrival scheduled at 15:55. On Saturdays, the flight is offset slightly with departure scheduled at 12:20 and arrival expected in Singapore at 16:00. The return, VJ974 is the same on all services with departure at 10:50 and arrival in Da Nang at 12:30.

Who is VietJet?

VietJet is a low-cost carrier in Vietnam. Currently, the airline only operates Airbus A320ceo, A321ceo, and A321neo aircraft. In recent years, the airline has placed some large orders. This involves hundreds of Airbus A321neo and A321XLR aircraft.

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VietJet has ordered A321XLR aircraft. Photo: Airbus

However, unlike other low-cost carriers, the airline will not operate only one type of aircraft in the future. Recently, the airline also ordered hundreds of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft including the dense MAX 200 aircraft which Ryanair has also ordered. However, given the global grounding of the type, it is unclear when VietJet will receive the aircraft.

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VietJet has hundreds of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft on order. Photo: Boeing

Vietnam’s booming tourism industry

Vietnam is a growing tourist hotspot. From vibrant cities to serene beaches, there is a lot to take in. Historically, Vietnam Airlines, the country’s flag carrier, has enjoyed a significant international presence and flies to several long-haul destinations such as 787 service from Sydney and London.

However, with Vietnam’s boom in tourism, Vietnam has also seen the rise of low-cost carriers. Now, other carriers like Bamboo Airways and VietJet are encroaching on lucrative routes. Although these carriers have not yet launched long-haul services, with new aircraft on order, it is possible that Vietnam Airlines could see some hometown competition.

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VietJet does not fly long-haul international routes, however, that could change with the A321XLR. Photo: VietJet

As of now, however, VietJet has not placed any widebody orders. And, with uncertainty around the 737 MAX, the low-cost carrier’s growth is a bit constrained for the moment.

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Although VietJet continues to grow, the carrier will need to wait for new aircraft before embarking on a significant expansion. Photo: VietJet

Overall

VietJet continues to grow along with Vietnam’s tourism industry. Although these are two, once-daily routes, they represent a continuing trend as carriers seek to add more flights to Vietnam.

Will you fly VietJet to Da Nang and Vietnam? Let us know in the comments!

The scheduling information contained in this article was provided by Routesonline.

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Tom

For me, Vietjet takes into many destinations which many operators in the country did not even select including Vietnam Airlines. Expanding from Da Nang to Seoul is a first route that will compete with Vietnam, Korean Air and even with many other budget carriers want to get on this route. Secondly opening Da Nang and Singapore is a very sweet advantage since many of the UNESCO tourist cites are in Da Nang and Hoi An, which Vietjet will compete with SilkAir. I think the airline is rapidly expanding faster than many other carriers and I’m pretty happy there are new… Read more »