UAE luxury carrier to fly to Ho Chi Minh City

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UAE carrier Etihad Airways, famous for its luxurious services, will start flying next year between Ho Chi Minh City and Abu Dhabi.

It is set to open an office in Ho Chi Minh City to promote itself and work with tour operators and others, news website Dan Tri reported.

Etihad is known for its giant aircraft and plush seats that cost US$14,000-16,000 each besides other features.

James Hogan, its chief executive officer, said the new route would promote trade as well as tourism between the two countries.

Vietnam is a destination for relaxation and trade opportunities, and the route would bring a lot of customers to the country, he said.

The carrier chose HCMC since it shares many similarities with Abu Dhabi, being an open and dynamic city with a diverse culture, he said.

Amid the economic difficulties, he expects no profit from the route for the first three years, he admitted.

The first two daily flights from Abu Dhabi to Ho Chi Minh City are scheduled for October 1, and Airbus aircraft will be deployed.

It will be the airline's sixth destination in Southeast Asia after Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

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