An Air New Zealand plane. (Photo: William Bradley)
A direct flight route between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City
, which was inaugurated on June 4, is expected to further encourage links in education, business and tourism between New Zealand
and Vietnam, said New Zealand Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce.
The service will stimulate the shipment of New Zealand goods, especially fresh farm produce such as fruits and milk, to Vietnam, he was quoted by the Thanh Nien (Youth) newspaper as saying on June 5, after touching down in Vietnam’s metropolis.
In Southeast Asia, Vietnam is the second-largest importer of New Zealand apples, said Tony Martin, New Zealand’s consul general in HCM City.
More fresh and delicious produce from New Zealand will be shipped to Vietnam once the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) comes into force, he added.
Air New Zealand’s Auckland – HCM City service, operated by Boeing 767-300 aircraft, will operate on a seasonal basis three times per week from now through until the end of October as the airline tests market demand in peak season to see whether it should be extended.