Vietnam Airlines to Begin Perth Services

A Vietnam Airlines jet in flight.
Photo Credit: Vietnam Airlines

On September 1, it was announced that Vietnam Airlines will begin a new non-stop service to Perth, Australia.

This article will cover the details surrounding Vietnam Airlines’ newest international route announcement and their operations to the Australian city.

Vietnam Airlines Heads to Perth

Photo Credit: Ken Fielding/, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The new Perth service for the Vietnamese flag carrier will be inaugurated this Australian summer on December 7 operating on a three times per week basis from the carrier’s base at Ho Chi Minh City (SGN).

This new service will be operated by Vietnam Airlines’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, of which the carrier has a current total of 11 of the type.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners that will be operating the new Perth service have a total seating capacity of 274 seats, broken down as, 28 Business Class, 35 Premium Economy Class, and 211 Economy Class seats.

The outbound flight VN791 will depart Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) at 15:50 p.m. and arrive in Perth (PER) at 23:05 p.m. operating on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

The return flight VN790 will depart Perth (PER) at 00:50 a.m. and arrive back in Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) at 06:10 a.m. operating on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

Executive Comments

The Premier of Western Australia, Roger Cook, says, “Securing this new direct flight between Vietnam and Perth opens up an abundance of opportunities between the two destinations and represents a whole new inbound visitor market for Western Australia’s industry, tourism and hospitality sectors – supporting jobs and boosting the economy.”

“Today’s announcement further cements our important airlinks within the South East Asia region, who we have a strong relationship and track record with, and my Government is very proud of this progress and the growing opportunities into the future.”

“Direct aviation links like these benefit our State, producers and businesses as they present additional avenues to expand trade opportunities for fresh produce exports and other goods to be efficiently transported.”

“We have a growing Western Australian-Vietnamese community in our State which has contributed to our social, economic and cultural development and this announcement will provide better direct connections for the community whether it be for leisure, business or studying opportunities.”

Tourism Minister, Rita Saffioti, adds, “We’re very excited to announce this new service and showcase everything our State has to offer to more visitors from Vietnam.”

“Vietnam is becoming an emerging tourism market for Western Australia, with 10,000 visitors travelling into our State for the year up until March 2023, and these new flights will further bolster that with a further 43,000 people able to come in each year.”

“With flights starting in December just in time for the peak summer season, I’m sure this route will be very popular, and helps affirm our status as the Western Gateway to Australia.”

Acting Chief Executive Officer at Perth Airport, Kate Holsgrove, says, “There is so much opportunity and potential to be unlocked with a non-stop service between Vietnam and Perth – this is why it has been one of our key international target markets.”

“Vietnam is Western Australia’s 14th largest trading partner, with total trade of $2.4 billion in 2022-23.and the ability to connect by air will only grow business ties. Vietnam is also Western Australia’s 11th largest market for international students accounting for 3% of the State’s total international student enrolments.”

“This new, non-stop option will provide more opportunities to tap into this growing visitor market from Vietnam and we look forward to working with our tourism and education industries to welcome Vietnamese visitors and students to our great State and its fantastic institutions and experiences.”

“For Western Australians, Vietnam is an exciting destination where history, culture and culinary delights come together. Holiday-makers will be able to explore popular cities such as Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, Da Nang and many more as well as UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Ha Long Bay.”

Finally, Vietnam Airlines Australia’s General Manager, Mr Nguyen Huu Tung, says, “In line with our strategy to expand Vietnam Airlines flight network to Australia, Perth has been chosen right after Sydney and Melbourne.”

“With the Western Australians’ love to travel and unwind after a hard-working bout, Vietnam Airlines’ new, non-stop service between Ho Chi Minh City and Perth will help bring Western Australians to numerous famous tourist spots in Vietnam, travelling beyond Vietnam will also be made easy thanks to convenient connecting from Ho Chi Minh City to Europe and North East Asia on Vietnam Airlines expanding flight network.”

“Vietnam Airlines also believes launching the new, direct flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Perth will promote inbound visitation from Vietnam to Perth where almost 20,000 Vietnamese-born Australians and more than 300,000 residents with Vietnamese heritage currently live, not to mention the arrival of Vietnamese younger generations who are looking for opportunities to further their education or a new land to explore.”

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