Air China offers a new option for Chinese travellers to Vietnam with the launch of a non-stop route from Beijing to Hanoi starting this Friday (June 1).

To strengthen trade, investment, tourism and cultural ties between China and Vietnam, the four-hour flight will be operated under the numbers CA741/742 four times a week –on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays.

Outbound flights will depart Beijing at 1.25am and arrive in Hanoi at 4.15 and inbound flights will depart from Hanoi at 5.45 and arrive in Beijing at 10.25am.

Founded more than 1,000 years ago, Hanoi has a long and complex history reflected in its eclectic range of architectural styles, including its French colonial buildings, the Neo-Gothic Hanoi Cathedral and the countless Chinese temples and pagodas that can be spotted throughout the city.

In 2017, bilateral trade between China and Vietnam surpassed US$100 billion (B3.1 billion) for the first time, while China remained Vietnam’s largest trade partner for the 13th consecutive year. According to the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, Chinese holidaymakers made over four million trips to Vietnam in 2017, an increase of 48.6 per cent over the previous year.

In recent years, Air China has opened routes between Beijing and Ho Chi Minh, Hangzhou and Nha Trang, and Chongqing and Nha Trang. The airline already operates flights to some 20 destinations in Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Chiang Mai and Yangon.

It has also opened new routes between Hangzhou, Tianjin, Shanghai, Chengdu and Bangkok; Hangzhou and Phuket; and Beijing and Jakarta.