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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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