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VietJet caps off Australian presence with debut in Brisbane

It has been a busy few months for the Vietnamese low-cost carrier, which now flies its Airbus A330s to three Australian cities.

The first VietJet flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Brisbane has arrived.

Queenslanders now have direct access to Vietnam after VietJet touched down in Brisbane for the first time, completing its sweep of Australia’s east coast with three new cities in three months.

The low-cost carrier flies twice a week, on Monday and Friday, between Brisbane and Ho Chi Minh City, departing at 11:10pm and landing the following morning at 4:50am. The return service takes to the sky at 10:05am, with wheels down in Brisbane at 9:10pm the same day.

The service is being supported by the Queensland Government’s $200 million Attracting Aviation Investment Fund and is designed to fast-track the state’s visitor economy by opening a direct link for Vietnamese tourists to visit the Sunshine State.

The travel industry can play a key part in VietJet's local growth, with agents able to earn 5% commission on all fare levels (Eco, Deluxe and SkyBoss Business) issued through Galileo and Amadeus on all sectors originating and ending in an Australian city.

VietJet will offer 39,000 seats to Brisbane in its first year of operation.

All VietJet fares booked via a GDS will include baggage and an inflight meal, however travel agents can also book fares via an agent section of VietJet’s website, however bookings made via this method will not earn any commission.

To welcome the maiden flight to Brisbane, a ceremony was held at Brisbane Airport attended by Queensland Tourism Minister, Stirling Hinchliffe; Vietjet COO Michael Hickey; Brisbane Airport Executive General Manager Aviation Ryan Both and other senior tourism officials.

In three months, VietJet has quickly established itself on Australia’s east coast and now flies three times weekly from both Sydney and Melbourne, with services to the NSW and Victorian capitals set to increase to four from September.

“Vietjet’s direct flights between the beautiful city of Brisbane and Ho Chi Minh City will ease the travel between the two localities, countries and across the region,” said Vietjet Chief Operating Officer Michael Hickey.

VietJet has six A330s in service with three more on the way.

To celebrate its new route to Brisbane, VietJet is offering 50% off its SkyBoss and SkyBoss Business fares until 30 June 2023, valid for travel from 15 August to 20 December by using the booking code ‘SKYBOSSALL50’ for SkyBoss and ‘BUSINESS50’ for SkyBoss Business.

Brisbane Airport Corporation CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff welcomed VietJet as the latest addition to the Brisbane Airport family.

“Vietnam has been one of the world’s best success stories over the past two decades and now has a generation of people eager to explore the world,” de Graaff said.

“With direct flights to Brisbane Airport, their ticket to tour Queensland is just a single 8-hour flight away.”

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Written by: Matt Lennon
Published: 17 June 2023

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