Vietravel Airlines - New Opportunities for Flights to Vietnam in 2022
As one of the fastest aviation markets all over the world, Vietnam is going to welcome the new airway, Vietravel Airlines. This newest face promises to offer greater opportunities for both domestic and international flights in Vietnam.
Established by the biggest tour operator in Vietnam, Vietravel Airlines is oriented to provide both domestic and international air transport services that contribute to the development of the tourism industry, air cargo, and other socio-economic factors in Vietnam. The airline announced that its first flight is going to take off in January 2021, under the pressure of COVID-19.
Flight to Vietnam is promised to bloom after the COVID-19 outbreak
About Vietravel Airlines
Vietravel Airlines is a purely Vietnamese airline, only invested by domestic stakeholders. On May 7th, 2020, Vietravel Airlines celebrated an official establishment by announcing the approval of Vietnam’s Prime Minister for its investment policy. Previously, on April 3rd, Deputy Prime Minister signed Decision No.457/QD-TTG with a view to approving the Vietravel Airlines project with a total investment capital of VND 700 billion (over USD 30 million) and the headquarter at Phu Bai International Airport, Thua Thien Hue Province.
It takes Vietravel Airlines for about 6 months to complete the air transport license and air operator certificate (AOC). In preparation for the operation this year, Vietravel Airlines recruits experienced senior staff as well as high-quality human resources inside and outside Vietnam.
Vietravel Airlines offers travelers various choices of flights to Vietnam
Before receiving the aviation permission on 25th October 2020, most people still doubt the chance that Vietravel Airlines can operate its flights in 2021 as the plan of opening a new airline was announced by its headquarter in 2018, which means 3 years ago and people hardly heard anything about this airline since then.
Airplanes of Vietravel Airlines
In the early morning of 5th December 2020, the first aircraft of Vietravel landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, only 1 month after the airline was granted its aviation permission from the Vietnam government. This airplane is the Airbus A321CEO with 220 seats and it will be the only active aircraft of this airline in the first half of 2021.
In the first year of operation, the estimated target of Vietravel Airlines is around one million passengers including either its own tourists or general passengers. It is also scheduled that the airline will start with a fleet of 3 airliners in the first year and with expansion of the fleet to 8 airplanes in the 5th year of operation. There will be different types of Vietravel Airlines’ aircraft such as Airbus’s A321neo, Boeing’s 737, and others.
In fact, the number of airplanes owned by Vietravel Airlines is quite modest compared with other Vietnamese airlines. However, it is nothing surprising. Vietravel Airlines’s CEO – Mr. Vu Duc Bien affirmed that deciding to open the airline in the middle of the COVID-19 outbreak is risky; however, it is also a chance as they can take advantage of the low cost of hiring employees and buying new airplanes.
Flight Routes of Vietravel Airlines
At present, Vietravel only owns 1 airplane, therefore, they haven’t sold tickets publicly yet, and only charter flights are available. However, when the airline receives all 3 planes that they bought, obviously, it will open for daily commercial flights. As planned, this year, the airline only provides flights for domestic routes due to the impact of COVID-19 and its ability as a new airline. In 2021, flights between Hanoi, Hue, and Ho Chi Minh City will be available, before more flights to other destinations in Vietnam will be opened in 2022.
For international flights to Vietnam, Vietravel's vision is that in the near future, the flight network will include main destinations in Southeast Asia like Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and other targeted countries like Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, China, and Australia.
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Vietravel Airlines Ticket Prices
Opening when the pandemic’s development is complicated all over the world, Vietravel is willing to sell its air ticket at a budget price from about VND 650,000 (USD 27) to VND 850,000 (USD 36) for the lowest ticket standard. They even separate the price of each service to help their customers get lower-cost flights with only the necessary services.
Usually, the prices for meals, luggage, and insurance are account for the additional cost which passengers can choose to pay for them or not. For the opening of commercial flights, promotional tickets may be started from VND 250,000 (USD 10.5) excluded tax and service fees. If you have the plan to travel around in Vietnam in 2021, don’t miss that super deal from Vietravel Airlines.
A Glance at Vietnamese Airlines
Until now, Vietnam has 5 operational airlines: Vietnam Airlines (the national airway), Jetstar Pacific Airlines, VietJet Air, Vietnam Air Services (VASCO), and Bamboo Airways.
There are 5 operational airlines in Vietnam
In addition to the newly launched Vietravel Airlines, there are two other airlines: Kite Air (owned by Thien Minh Aviation Company) and Vietstar Air (a joint venture airline between private and military entities), which are waiting for operational authorization. While Kite Air aims to serve local passengers with underdeveloped aviation infrastructure such as Dien Bien, Ca Mau, Kien Giang, and Con Dao; Vietstar Air provides prime services for individuals, groups, and local and foreign businesses.
Due to COVID-19, Vietnamese airlines, as well as the global aviation market, have been suffering such a huge loss in 2020. According to the estimations of Vietnamese airlines, the Ministry of Transport announced that the initial deficit running at VND 30 trillion (approximately USD 1.3 billion). The launching of a new airline at the moment is either a big challenge or a promising future for Vietnamese airlines after the outbreak.
Thanks to the establishment of Vietravel Airlines, foreign tourists will have plenty of options to get a flight to Vietnam. In the future, Vietnam will be an ideal destination for both tourism and public health purposes. Let’s opt for a favorite destination among our hottest Vietnam tours.
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