From March 26, flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will operate daily flights between Vietnam and India again.
Specifically, the SkyTeam alliance member will operate four flights a week on the Hanoi – Delhi route, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, as well as three weekly flights on Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) – Delhi, departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The increase in flights will translate into 30 per cent more capacity between Vietnam and India on Vietnam Airlines, compared to the current flight schedule, says the airline.
To celebrate the flight resumptions, Vietnam Airlines has launched special roundtrip economy class fares starting at VND7 million, or US$295, including taxes and fees when departing from Vietnam.
Similarly, passengers flying from India to Vietnam on the new services will see reduced fares from INR23,950, or US$290, including taxes and fees.
Vietnam Airlines will compete on the India routes with low-cost champion Vietjet Air. Re-capitalised Indian flag carrier Air India does not operate any flights to Vietnam at present.
Vietnam Airlines will roster its Airbus A321 aircraft on both Hanoi-Delhi and HCMC-Delhi.
These aircraft feature 16 business class recliner seats across a 2-2 configuration and 168 standard economy class seats in a 3-3 layout.
Flights depart Vietnam between 1800 and 1900 and arrive in the Indian capital around 2200 following flights that last approximately five hours.
The returns leave Delhi before midnight and land back in Vietnam between 0600 and 0700 the following morning.