Etihad Airways is to launch daily flights to Ho
Chi Minh in October 2013.
The city will be Etihad Airways’ sixth online
destination within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) region, joining Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila,
In conjunction with its partner airlines, the
new Ho Chi Minh service extends Etihad Airways’ total flight
network reach to 21 ASEAN destinations.
The new flights to Ho Chi Minh are set
to meet growing demand from Vietnam’s rapidly expanding economy
and will support the country’s increasing commercial ties with the
United Arab Emirates, and in particular Abu Dhabi.
The new flight services will 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.
HE Tran Ngoc Thach, Ambassador of Vietnam to the
UAE, said, “I believe that Etihad's direct flights to Vietnam will
contribute to improving understanding between the two peoples of
Viet Nam and the UAE. More and more tourists will come to Viet Nam
and a greater number of tourists will come to the UAE. They will
also help to increase trade and tourism between our two countries
for the benefit of the people and countries.”
Flights between Abu Dhabi and Ho Chi Minh City
will begin on 1 October 2013 and 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
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