Vietjet Air, Vietnam – based airline, has revealed plans to launch its first flights to Indonesia, with a new service connecting Ho Chi Minh City with Jakarta. The route was announced at an event in the Indonesian capital attended by HE Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam in Indonesia, and Budi Karya Sumadi, Indonesia’s Minister of Transportation. Vietjet said the new route would “meet increasing demand for travel between the two countries and boost regional trading and integration”.
“We’re finalizing the plan. The course will be served on December 20. It could change if there’s something on the way,” Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi said in Jakarta today, August 22.
The new service planned to operate daily, direct between the two Southeast Asian cities. Flights will depart HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 20.40 and arrive at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport at 23.40, following a three-hours flight. The return flight then takes off at 01.40 and lands back in HCMC at 04.40.
VietJet Air, a well known low-cost carrier based in Hanoi Noi Bai International Airport, Vietnam, which began operating on December 25th, 2011. Currently, Vietjet operates 45 units of Airbus A320 and A321 with 73 flight destinations. It offers low-cost flight services.
Vietjet is allowed to operate in Indonesia, as the airline is accepted in other countries. Although the airline is famous for its bikini-wearing flight attendants, Indonesia Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, ensured that the airline would adjust its uniform policy with the Indonesian culture.
“There won’t be [bikini uniform]. I’ve told them that this is a Muslim-majority country. We have to respect each other, and I asked them to wear decent dresses,” Budi said in Jakarta recently.
Vietjet Air, the Vietnam’s first private low cost carrier airline, is famous as ‘bikini airline’ due to the released of a series of images of women dressed only in bikinis as part of an advertising campaign in December 2011. These days, the female crew do still wear them on special route flights.
During a press conference in Jakarta on Tuesday, the Vietjet airline’s deputy director for commercial affairs, Jay L Lingeswara, told journalists that the company, which currently operates 35 international routes, only featured bikini-clad flight attendants on specific occasions.
“We strongly believe and are committed to offering the best and suitable services to the Indonesian market,” he said, adding that Vietjet Air had learned from its experience with the opening of a route to Malaysia.
To ensure the airline will provide the Indonesian market with suitable services, Vietjet Air vice president for business development, Dinh Viet Phuong, said it would also provide halal food for Muslim passengers.
Vietjet will become the first low-cost carrier serving the HCMC-Jakarta route, and Indonesia becomes the 12th Asian country or territory in Vietjet’s network.