While it first set its sights to launch flights to Indonesia back in 2017, Vietnam-based low-cost carrier VietJet has had to address the Indonesian government’s concern over flight attendants in bikinis – which the airline has been known thanks to its marketing and on special event flights. Now, the carrier could soon launch flights to Bali and Jakarta after the Indonesian government granted permission for the airline to operate in the country as long as the flight attendants don’t wear bikinis.
VietJet managing director Do Xuan Quang said to reporters and statements that flights to Denpasar, Bali would be launched on March. Flights to Jakarta will be started before the end of the year. Both flights will be from Ho Chi Minh City and will use Airbus A321 aircraft with 226 seats.
For the Bali route in particular, Quang was quoted in a statement from Indonesia’s tourism department saying: “We’ll start flying to Denpasar, Bali on March 2019. For the first six months, we’ll open four flight per week, and then we’ll continue to open daily flights.”
The Ho Chi Minh-Bali service will be the first offered by any airline, while VietJet will be competing with Vietnam Airlines’ daily flights between Ho Chi Minh and Jakarta.