Star Alliance member Air India will launch a new Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) route in June.

This is the first time an Indian carrier is operating between the cities.

From 1 June, Air India will operate between Delhi and HCMC five times a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The flag carrier will deploy a two-class Airbus A320neo on the route, configured with 12 business class recliners in a 2-2 configuration and 150 economy class seats configured 3-3.

The flights will depart Delhi at 1315 and arrive in HCMC at 1955. From Vietnam, they depart again at 2055 and land back in Delhi at 0030.

Air India already has an existing fleet of A320 family aircraft and has placed orders for another 210 A320 family aircraft, which is part of its historic order of 470 aircraft placed in 2023.

Air India joins Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet Air on Delhi-HCMC.

Vietnam Airlines has rostered its long-haul A350-900 aircraft on the route this summer, while Vietjet has loaded A330-300 flights, both arguably more comfortable options than the narrowbody Air India A320neos.