Dragonair celebrated the launch of its new scheduled service to Hanoi in Vietnam with a ceremony held at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport for passengers boarding the first flight back to Hong Kong.
The route launch is a significant milestone in Dragonair’s development as it marks the first time for the airline to operate scheduled services to and from Vietnam. This is the eighth new destination launched by Dragonair since the airline became part of the Cathay Pacific Group in September 2006.
“We believe our new service will further strengthen business and tourism ties between our home city, Hong Kong, and this vibrant country with its fast-growing economy and rapidly expanding tourism market,” said Dragonair General Manager Operations Captain Peter Sanderson, who officiated at the ceremony.
“Our home base Hong Kong is one of the world’s premier international hubs and its location enables Dragonair to offer Vietnamese travellers superb connections to either our own extensive network in Mainland China or the global network of our sister airline Cathay Pacific. These networks will enable us to carry travellers from North Asia and key long-haul markets such as North America, Australia and New Zealand to and from Hanoi.”
On behalf of Dragonair, Captain Sanderson thanked all of those involved in helping to make the route launch a reality. To mark the beginning of the new service, passengers on the first flights to and from Hanoi received a Dragonair aircraft model as a souvenir.