The Jakarta Post
A Vietnam Airlines flight takes off from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport on July 29, 2018. (AFP/Nhac Nguyen)
Vietnamese national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines launched its direct flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Bali on Sunday.
Using an Airbus A321-200, 175 passengers were transported by the airline during the 3.5 hour flight.
The plane landed at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali at 3:39 p.m. local time after departing from Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at 11:19 a.m.
"Indonesia is an important country destination for us. In 2012, we operated a route to Jakarta; for this year, we've decided to open a new direct flight from Bali to Ho Chi Minh City," said Vietnam Airlines general manager for Indonesia Nguyen Minh Toan, as quoted by Antara news agency.
Meanwhile, Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Pamp Vinh Quang is optimistic that the new route will have a positive impact on both countries' economy and tourist industries.
The service will reportedly be available five times a week every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
The return flight is scheduled to take off from Bali at 4:50 p.m. and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 7:45 p.m. (kes)