Air New Zealand has a New Destination in Vietnam
Air New Zealand has a new destination and that's Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. The flight which took eleven hours reached its destination on Sunday morning. In flight dignitaries included Steven Joyce, Economic Development Minister and Viet Dung Nguyen, the Vietnamese Ambassador to New Zealand.
According to Air New Zealand, the addition of the new destination was proof of the airline's "strong growth mode" and it gave it confidence about introducing added further routes.
Also on the inaugural flight, Cam Wallace, chief sales and commercial officer of Air New Zealand said it was "quite a significant day" as it extended the market of the airline in the Pacific Rim.
He said, "We see tremendous economic opportunities in this part of the world."
Vietnam offers an attractive mix of history for the New Zealand travelers says Wallace. The flights launch
Also serves to strengthen the relationship between New Zealand and South East Asia. Vietnam joined the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement and had one of world's fastest growing economies with open approach to trade.
The closer link between the countries could also help the international education sector as well as New Zealand's exporters.
Last year Air New Zealand launched new routes to Beijing, Houston and Buenos Aires and is planning to add a direct link to Manila in the Philippines by this year's end.