PM witnesses launching of three new Vietnam-Japan direct air routes

Wednesday, 2018-10-10 17:52:02
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PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc witnesses the opening of three new direct air routes connecting Vietnam and Japan. (Photo: VGP)
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NDO – Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet launched three direct air routes connecting Vietnam and Japan at a ceremony held in Tokyo on October 10, in the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is currently on a visit to the Land of the Rising Sun.

Accordingly, Vietjet will operate the three new air routes continuously over the next three months, including Hanoi-Osaka (starting from November 8, 2018), Ho Chi Minh City-Osaka (from December 14, 2018), and Hanoi-Tokyo (from January 11, 2019).

Addressing the event, Hiroshi Tabata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), welcomed the event and pledged to provide optimal support for Vietjet to successfully operate its air routes to Japan’s Kansai International Airport, thus actively contributing to the economic rehabilitation in this hospitable land after Typhoon Jebi.

He expressed his belief that the new air routes of Vietjet would contribute significantly to the future growth of Vietnamese tourists travelling to Japan.

In the presence of PM Phuc and senior officials of the Japanese Government, Vietjet, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (MUL), under the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), and French bank BNP Paribas signed an agreement on the provision of finance for Vietjet’s five new aircrafts worth US$614 million in total.

Vietjet, French bank Natixis, and several Japanese investors also signed a framework contract on providing finance for five other new aircrafts of the Vietnamese airline worth US$625 million. These capital sums will be offered in the form of finance leases to help Vietjet possess aircrafts.

Vietjet is scheduled to put the newly signed aircrafts into operation immediately in 2018 and early 2019.

On the occasion, Vietjet announced its largest promotional programme for the Japanese market, which lasts three days. Accordingly, from October 10 to 12, 2018, the low-cost carrier will offer 10,000 tickets at prices starting from YEN100 (more than VND20,000) for the three newly launched air routes between Japan and Vietnam. Also, Vietjet will offer an additional 70,000 super promotional tickets for all the international routes transiting from Vietnam and Thailand to Asian countries.