The airline will use Boeing 777 aircraft and offer four flights per week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The national carrier plans to raise the number of UK flights to seven flights per week by 2015.
According to Trinh Hong Quang, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Airlines, the launch of Vietnam-UK routes will meet travel demand between the two countries, promoting trade cooperation, investment and cultural exchange between Vietnam and Europe and the UK in particular.
The new routes will also contribute to improving the competitive ability of Vietnam Airlines, helping the firm become a major flag carrier in the region.
There will be four flights per week, operating on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Boeing 777 aircraft.
The flights will depart from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport and HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 23:30 and from London’s Gatwick airport at 12:20 (local time). The travel time will be 12 hours, a seven hour reduction compared to flights with one transit stop.
With the launch of the new route, Vietnam Airlines will operate a total of eight direct routes between Vietnam and Europe.
On this occasion, Vietnam Airlines offers a promotion price of VND20.9 million (US$999) for individual passengers from Vietnam to London who buy return tickets from now until March 31, 2012 and depart between January 1, 2012, to March 31, 2012.
The national carrier is expected to raise its number of flights from Vietnam to the UK to seven per week by 2015.
The new flight route is said to help improve the airline’s competitiveness and implement its strategy to become one of major airlines in the region.
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