Could you guess that this was a route launch for Air New Zealand? The Star Alliance carrier became the first to launch non-stop flights between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City on 4 June. The route will operate thrice-weekly until the end of October using the carrier’s 767-300s.
- Air New Zealand launched its first new route of 2016 with the addition of Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to its network. The 8,855-kilometre route from Auckland (AKL), which commenced on 4 June, will be flown thrice-weekly using the Star Alliance carrier’s 767-300s. No other carrier serves this route. This new service becomes the first non-stop link between New Zealand and Vietnam. This raises to 27 the number of international destinations currently served by Air New Zealand from Auckland. Christopher Luxon, CEO, Air New Zealand, said: “Vietnam is an increasingly popular leisure destination with the number of Kiwis visiting the country up about 20% in the past year. It’s a holiday spot that has huge appeal and we’re confident that by offering a direct service even more Kiwis will be keen to explore it. Our entry point of Ho Chi Minh City is in the south of Vietnam and provides the ideal gateway for visitors to experience its diversity.”