On Friday morning, passengers at Gatwick Airport were treated to a Vietnamese stage show at the airport’s North Terminal. This was followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open Vietnam Airlines’ check-in desks. This was attended by Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, president and chief executive of Vietnam Airlines.
In the evening, the launch was celebrated with a gala dinner at The Dorchester on London’s Park Lane.
Minh said: "There is no question that there is potential and a determination to bring the partnership between Vietnam and the UK to a new level. And direct air services, I believe, can definitely deliver enormous economic and social benefits. With London now on the list, we have expanded our route network to 28 international destinations. Vietnam will now seem so much closer for UK travellers, with flight times cut to 12 hours. Vietnam Airlines plans to increase the frequency of services, and intends to operate the B787 Dreamliner on the route in due course."
The flights will depart from Gatwick four times a week, with two weekly departures to Hanoi and two to Ho Chi Minh City.