Vietnam Airlines' new Hanoi, Sydney service

In response to growing travel demand between Australia and Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines has launched its highly anticipated direct service between Sydney and Hanoi, with the first flight departing from Sydney Kingsford Smith International airport on Wednesday 29 March.

The flights will depart Hanoi’s Noi Ban International Aiport at 11:55pm for a 12:15pm arrival into Sydney every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, with the return VN786 flight departing Sydney at 2:15pm every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

The new route will operate on a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, featuring a standard three-class layout with 28 lie-flat business class seats with direct aisle access for every passenger as well as enhanced privacy, and plenty of legroom and carry-on storage space.

Vietnam Airlines is the national carrier of Vietnam and already flies daily from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney and Melbourne, and there are currently discussions surrounding the possibility of extending the country’s single-entry visa waiver policy to Australian visitors.

In related news, the carrier’s decision to commence the direct service between Sydney and Hanoi has led to Asia tour specialist Helen Wong’s Tours offering a special air-inclusive package to Vietnam’s capital city.

In celebration of its 30th anniversary this year, Helen Wong’s Tours has launched a four-night Discover Hanoi package which includes four-star hotel accommodation with daily breakfast, a guided half-day tour, tickets to the famous Water Puppet Show, and return airfares from Sydney.

Those wishing to stay longer can extend their trip by adding a two-day Hanoi-to-Halong Bay extension which includes a deluxe junk boat-like cruise of the famous bay with its iconic limestone islands, and includes an onboard overnight stay, meals and sightseeing.

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