Kenya Airways is first African carrier to fly to Vietnam
Kenya’s National carrier has launched its direct service to Hanoi from its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, making it the first African airline to connect the continent to Vietnam.
The inaugural flight left JKIA at 22.20 on Monday 30 March, landing at Nôi Bài International Airport in Hanoi at 11.55 the following day.
Kenya Airways will fly the Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner three times a week to the Vietmanese capital on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with the return leg departing Hanoi on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Ngunze said that the introduction of the flight was in line with the airline’s strategy to connect Africa with Asia.
“Vietnam has shown a considerable and stable economic growth over recent years and there has been increased trade between the East Asian country and African markets. Our direct flights to Hanoi will offer easy connectivity to business and leisure travellers and will open up trade opportunities between the two fast-growing regions,” said Ngunze.
He noted that, as the first airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, Kenya Airways will leverage on the opportunities to grow ties between Africa, Vietnam and the larger Asian market, mainly driven by trade labour relations and tourism.
To support and enhance this operation, Kenya Airways will work closely with its SkyTeam partner Vietnam Airlines, whose hub is Hanoi, in order to provide further travel options into Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.
The direct flight between Nairobi and Hanoi will provide strong connections to the key markets in Africa. Hanoi is home to more than 7 million people (2013 estimate) and is a rapidly growing municipality. In 2013, Price-waterhouseCoopers predicted that Hanoi would be the fastest-growing city in the world in terms of GDP growth from 2008 to 2025. Hanoi has a nominal GDP of US$21.5 billion and per capita GDP of US$3000.
Flights to Hanoi will leave Nairobi on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, returning on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday each week