Vietnam Airlines is now accepting reservations for its first direct flights to the UK. The inaugural flight from Hanoi to London’s Gatwick airport will take-off on 8 December 2011, with the route being operated twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays). The airline will also operate a twice weekly service between Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) and Gatwick, with flights operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The new flights, which will both be operated using a Boeing 777-200ER aircraft, will become the first direct air connections between Vietnam and the UK.
“We are delighted to be adding London to our expanding global operation, and to provide UK originating passengers with the only non-stop flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City,” said Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines. “Our plans envisage increasing frequency on the routes to become a daily operation to both destinations by 2014.”