UPS Airlines Announces First Flights to Vietnam
By Jordan Green
Earlier this week, UPS Airlines announced its first-ever flights to Vietnam. The first flight, UPS flight number 146, arrived on September 15, 2020 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and was operated with one of the shipping giant’s Boeing 767-34AF freighters.
UPS Airlines’ new route to Ho Chi Minh City will begin and end in Shenzhen, China. It will operate four days per week using the Boeing 767 freighter. In addition to starting service to Ho Chi Minh City, UPS will also begin operating flights to Hanoi starting on September 19, 2020.
The cargo airline’s operations to Hanoi will be operated every Saturday with the Boeing 747 freighter. UPS did not specify whether the Hanoi flight will be operated using its 747-400 freighter (with a maximum payload of 258,600 pounds), its 747-8 freighter (with a maximum payload of 307,600 pounds), or both variants of the 747 freighter.
Russel Reed, Managing Director of UPS Vietnam and Thailand commented on the new flights: “These new flights are a reminder that Vietnam, fresh from concluding landmark trade deals such as the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement, is continuing to grow its global trade footprint. UPS, with its smart, global logistics network, is dedicated to enabling businesses along their journey to expand across borders. The country’s dynamic workforce, market liberalization and strategic location, will ensure its position as an important manufacturing base and link in the global supply chain, now and into the future.”
According to UPS, the new routes will allow shipments from origin points such as Hong Kong, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Taiwan to arrive in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in one day. Shipments from the United States, Europe, and Australia can be delivered to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in two days with the new routes.