Vietnamese budget airline Vietjet, popularly knows ad “Bikini Airline” was launched in November 2007 in Vietnam by billionaire lady Nguyen Thanh Ha. The privately-owned airline rose to fame in 2011 when its ad campaigns featured women dressed in bikinis. Overnight, its image changed from a low-cost carrier to “bikini” airline.
According to reports , It will start its operation in India from December this year. The airline, which hogged limelight in 2011 with an ad featuring a crew in bikinis, will start flights between New Delhi and Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City from December 6.
On Tuesday, the airlines announced that it will commence direct flight operations between India and Vietnam from December. Besides, the airline is offering “super-saving tickets” priced at Rs 9 onwards, during its “three golden days – a special promotion” by the airline from August 20 to 22. Vietjet had announced similar plans in 2017 and 2018 in which the low-cost airline aimed at starting direct flights from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. The airline, however, couldn’t able to make it up.
Starting December 6, the New Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City route will operate four return flights per week, while the Hanoi-New Delhi route will operate three return flights per week starting December 7. The Ho Chi Minh route will operate on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The Hanoi flights will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
As per a report by the industry consultancy Capa, Hanoi-Delhi was the third largest Vietnam-India city pair, accounting for 12 percent of Vietnam-India bookings in 2018. “Vietjet Air is now opening two direct flights from Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to New Delhi with tickets priced only from zero Vietnamese dong,” Vietjet wrote on its website.
Significantly, Indigo has already announced flights to Ho Chi Minh City from Kolkata from October 3. Currently, Vietjet operates around 400 flights daily, carrying more than 80 million passengers to date, with 129 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations.
The New Delhi-Ho Chi Minh City flights will operate on four days a week including Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. The flight operations between New Delhi and Hanoi will start from December 7, 2019, which will be operated on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Vietjet said.