VIETNAM AIRLINES has completed the switch of its twice-weekly departures to both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City services from Gatwick Airport to London/Heathrow. The inaugural flight, VN55 from Hanoi on March 31, was marked by a welcome ceremony at Terminal 4, where Vietnam Airlines will be based alongside fellow SkyTeam members.
Heathrow’s CEO, John Holland-Kaye welcomed the airline to the airport. He said: “The Vietnam Airlines’ move to Heathrow, the UK’s hub airport, is good news for Britain as it secures a direct route to an important growth economy, with more frequent flights and greater cargo capacity.”
Responding, the carrier’s General Manager UK & Ireland, Le Thanh Dzung, added: “We’re delighted to be joining our fellow SkyTeam partners here in Terminal 4. Operating from Heathrow means our passengers can now benefit from world-class airport facilities and unrivalled connectivity. Looking forward, it also enables us to offer the increased frequency and capacity needed to build on growing leisure and business demand to travel to Vietnam and the Indochina region.
Vietnam Airlines has already announced that London will be the launch destination for its new Boeing 787-9s, the first of which is due to arrive this summer. New Dreamliner services will also increase non-stop services to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, rising incrementally from four weekly flights to daily rotations by next summer. (Photo Vietnam Airlines)