Vietnam’s new-age carrier Vietjet will officially launch a direct route connecting Hanoi with Osaka (Japan) on November 8, 2018, looking to further boost tourism and trade integration between the two countries and across the region.
A special ceremony to announce the new route was held today at the Japan-Vietnam Economic Forum in Tokyo with Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang, Japanese government’s representatives, and officials from both countries joining representatives of Vietjet.
Using Vietjet’s new and modern A320 aircraft, the Hanoi-Osaka route will operate on a daily basis with a flight time of more than four hours per leg. As proposed, a flight will depart from Hanoi each day at 1:45am and arrive in Osaka at around 7:50am (all local times). Coming in the other direction, a flight will take off from Osaka at 9:20am and land in Hanoi at around 1:10pm (all local times). Vietjet’s new service to Osaka will bring the airline’s total number of international routes up to 45. The airline’s domestic network includes 38 routes.
Ticket sales for the new route is expected to be available from June 8, 2018 at www.vietjetair.com (also compatible with smartphones at https://m.vietjetair.com) and at www.facebook.com/vietjetthailand (just click the “Booking” tab). Payment can be easily made with debit and credit cards issued by Visa/ MasterCard/ AMEX/ JCB/ KCP or with any ATM card issued by Thailand banks that have been registered with internet banking.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vietjet’s Vice President Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh said: “We are excited to be preparing this new route’s launch. The Hanoi-Osaka route is to be first service for Vietjet’s expansion into Japan – the Land of the Rising Sun. We believe that this new connection and our expanding network will help make the travel dreams of millions of passengers come true. Japan is known to people from all over the world for its natural beauty, for example the cherry blossom season, and Fuji Mountain, and the country is also adored for its many inviable cultural heritages, friendly people, incredible food and cutting-edge technology. As part of our expansion strategy in Japan, we will continue to open new routes connecting Vietnam and Japan’s economic and tourism hubs in order to diversify destination choices and better meet the growing demand for air travel between the two countries and beyond to better connect with the rest of the world.”
Osaka is the capital city of Osaka Prefecture and Japan’s third largest city with a population of over 2.7 million people. It is not only the capital of Kansai Region but also considered to be a cultural treasure of Japan for its striking traditional architecture and authentic Japanese cuisine. The city is well-known for many stunning tourist attractions and entertainment destinations such as Osaka Castle (Ōsakajō), Sumiyoshi Taisha, Minoo Park, Universal Studios and Minami (Namba), and much more.
Vietjet has already collaborated with Japanese travel agencies to operate many direct-chartered flights from Vietnam to Osaka as well as Narita, Sendai, Nagoya, Ibaraki and Fukushima, demonstrating the airline’s services and its efforts in connecting the two countries has been very well received.
At the ceremony, Vietjet, SBI Leasing Services, Natixis and some of the Japanese equity arrangers also signed a MOU worth a total of nearly US$600 million for the purpose of aircraft financing.
Following a “Consumer Airline” model, Vietjet continues to open new routes, add more aircraft, invest in modern technology and offer more added-on products and services to serve the demands of millions of satisfied customers.
An award-winning and pioneering airline, Vietjet is much loved by travelers for its exciting promotional and entertainment programs, especially during festive seasons. With high-quality services, diverse travel categories and special low-fare tickets, the airline offers its passengers memorable flying experiences on new aircraft with comfy seats, delicious hot meals served by beautiful and friendly cabin crew, and many other interesting added-on services.