Celebrating Etihad Airways' new service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam are (left to right): Etihad Airways’ cabin crew member, Carmen Potecka; Senior Vice President Government and Aeropolitical Affairs, Khaled Almehairbi; Chief of Immigration in Ho Chi Minh City, Pham Quoc Hung; UAE Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Sheikh Ahmed Ali Al Mualla; Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Baumgartner; Vietnamese Ambassador to the UAE, H.E. Tran Ngoc Thach; Chief of Ground Handling Agent for Etihad Airways in Ho Chi Minh City, Nguyen Quang Son; Chief of Customs in Ho Chi Minh City, Tong Le Dan; Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice President Executive Affairs, Hasan Al Hammadi and Etihad Airways’ cabin crew member, Koyuki Tsunoda.
- Etihad Airways has become the last of the MEB3 carriers to launch services to Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) in Vietnam. Qatar Airways has been operating flights from Doha since 2007, while Emirates began its service from Dubai in June 2012. On 1 October Etihad introduced its own daily flights from Abu Dhabi (AUH) using its two-class A330-200s on the 5,690-kilometre sector, becoming the first ever commercial passenger service between the two cities. The airline’s CEO James Hogan said, “Vietnam is not only the 13th most populous nation, it is also one of the world’s fastest growing economies. Its commercial capital, Ho Chi Minh City, is a gateway for millions of Vietnamese international travellers and a busy trading hub. Our daily services will inject approximately 3,700 new seats a week into the route. This will intensify competition among airlines for business, leisure and VFR travel from Vietnam to Europe and help boost visitor traffic to the UAE and GCC. From an inbound perspective, we are now well-positioned to offer travellers from Middle East and Europe the convenience of non-stop or one-stop flights to Vietnam, which is becoming one of the world’s most popular holiday travel destinations. We look forward to working with our stakeholders in Vietnam and abroad to bring more international visitors to Vietnam to experience its history, culture and unique character.”