Recently, Hai Au Aviation Joint Stock Company of Thien Minh Group has officially launched seaplane service of sightseeing Halong Bay (Quang Ninh Province). With two first Cessna Grand Caravan EX seaplanes in Viet Nam, visitors will have the opportunity to experience the flight from Hanoi to Halong Bay and also admire Halong Bay from an altitude of 150 – 3,000m.
Cessna Grand Caravan EX is a modern seaplane type produced by Cessna Company of Textron Group (USA). This seaplane has maximum capacity of 12 passengers and speed of about 300km/h. It is capable of taking off and landing at both normal runways and on the water (sea, river, lake). Instead of spending 3-4 hours by car from Hanoi to Halong, visitors take only 30 minutes by Cessna Grand Caravan EX seaplane to view all scenery of the world natural heritage from above. The seaplane with large windows allows visitors to observe and record memorable moments while flying over famous sites such as Cat Ba (Hai Phong City) or Tam Dao (Vinh Phuc Province). Feeling of taking off and landing on the water is an exciting experience for visitors.
There are 1 to 3 roundtrip flights from Hanoi to Halong and 5 to 10 scenic flights around Halong Bay everyday. Visitors can choose three routes, including: from Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi) to Tuan Chau (Halong) or vice versa (flight duration: 30 minutes, ticket price: VND5.9 million/person); from Tuan Chau to and discover Halong Bay (ticket price: VND 5 million/person for a 25-minute trip and more than VND 7 million/person for a 40-minute trip).
From November 2014, when the 3rd seaplane to Viet Nam, Hai Au Aviation will expand this tourism service on the routes from Ho Chi Minh City to famous destinations such as Nha Trang (Khanh Hoa Province), Da Lat (Lam Dong Province), Mui Ne (Binh Thuan Province), Can Tho City, Chau Doc (An Giang Province), Phu Quoc (Kien Giang Province), Con Dao (Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province)… Next year, the company will continue to add routes in the Central region and strengthen international flights. In addition, the company also provides many superior services for customers, including tourism transport, charter flights at requests of organizations and individuals.
Launching the seaplane service in Halong Bay of Hai Au Aviation is considered as a positive direction for Vietnam aviation and tourism sectors, offers exciting experiences for visitors and contributes to Viet Nam tourism development in the future.