UPS has added Vietnam to its existing intra-Asia route as a Boeing 767 freighter with livery painted of the company’s signature “browntail” landed at Ho Chi Minh’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (SGN) on 15 September. The browntail refers to the tail marking of a gold UPS shield against a brown background.
The cargo plane delivered containers of packages, such as printed circuit boards to textiles, destined for the city’s industrial zones.
The express carrier said the new flight into HCMC starts and ends in Shenzhen, China, home to UPS’s largest facility in Asia. It operates four days a week and connects Vietnam to key gateways in Asia, US and Europe via the Shenzhen hub.
Meanwhile, a second “browntail” in the form of a Boeing 747F will land at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport on 19 September. UPS’ flights into Hanoi will operate every Saturday and ply the US-Asia route.
UPS said the new services will cater to the growing import and export demands in Vietnam.
“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,” said Russell Reed, managing director of UPS Vietnam and Thailand.
For businesses in north, south, and central Vietnam, particularly in the retail and manufacturing sector, this means they can now receive urgent shipments from key markets in China, Japan, South Korea, and Southeast Asia via Hanoi and HCMC in one day.
Time-sensitive shipments from Australia, Europe and the United States, meanwhile, can be delivered within two days.
The intra-Asia route will ply Shenzhen (SZX), HCMC (SGN), Kuala Lumpur (KUL), Penang (PEN) before heading back to KUL then SZX, whilst the US-Asia route will depart Honolulu (HNL) and head to Sydney (SYD), Singapore (SIN), Hanoi (HAN), Incheon (ICN) and finally end in Alaska (ANC), a spokesperson told Payload Asia.
(Updated with comments from UPS spokesperson)