SEPANG – Passengers from KL International Airport (KLIA) can now enjoy more direct access to Hanoi as Vietnam Airlines has introduced a new daily non-stop service for the Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur vice versa route.

Effective 16 June 2011, Vietnam Airlines started offering flights on the Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur vice versa route, utilizing A321 aircraft with a two-class configuration. For the new service which commenced yesterday, approximately 150 passengers from Hanoi arrived at KLIA.

Tan Sri Bashir Ahmad, Managing Director of Malaysia Airports said: ““The introduction of the new service by Vietnam Airlines indicates the growing passenger traffic between Malaysia and Vietnam, and I believe it’s timely for the airline to capitalize on this strong travel demand by providing more flights connecting the two countries.”

He added, “Malaysia Airports has always enjoyed a good affiliation with Vietnam Airlines throughout its many years of operations to Kuala Lumpur, and I would like to congratulate the airline on the expansion of its operations to Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia Airports’ relentless marketing effort, keen collaboration with the Government and relevant stakeholders is imperative and has always been instrumental in our effort to attract new airlines and establish new routes.”

General Manager, Malaysia for Vietnam Airlines, Mr Tuan Mai said: “The direct service will improve the route network of Vietnam Airlines in the region. The service will also provide more choice and greater convenience for our passengers travelling between the two cities.”

Vietnam Airlines began operation in Malaysia from Nov 1991 operating three times weekly to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh) on a Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft. Today, the airline operates 21 flights weekly to Vietnam (14 to Saigon / 7 to Hanoi) operating A321 aircraft with a two class configuration of 16/168. Vietnam Airlines flies to 20 domestic destinations and 28 international destinations.