Etihad Airways have announced its plans to launch flights to Ho Chi Minh City in October 2013. This will be the airline’s sixth online destination within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region, joining Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore. In conjunction with its partner airlines, the new Ho Chi Minh City service extends Etihad’ total flight network reach to 21 ASEAN destinations.
James Hogan, Etihad Airways’ president and chief executive officer, said: “The route will carry passengers and cargo point to point from UAE, as well as from Etihad Airways destinations across the Middle East, Europe, and North and South America.”
The flights will be served by a two class A330-200 aircraft. The aircraft will have 22 Pearl Business Class seats and 240 Coral Economy Class seats – a total 3,668 seats per week. The new flight services will also further support joint UAE and Vietnam government ventures in areas of energy, infrastructure, tourism, and civil construction. UAE investment in Vietnam now stands at more than US$3 billion and two-way trade revenue approximately US$1.3 billion.
Hogan further added: “The addition of daily services underlines our commitment to this region that continues to experience strong commercial growth across many industries, especially tourism, manufacturing and technology.”
These cities are part of the airline’s 10-year network growth plan which will see Etihad Airways fly to up to 100 destinations with a fleet of more than 150 aircraft by 2020.