Ukraine ’s national carrier Aerosvit Airlines on Dec. 23 officially inaugurated a new direct service linking the Ukrainian capital of Kiev and Ho Chi Minh City.

The carrier will use Boeing 767 aircraft and offer two flights per week with a flying time of about 10 hours.

The flights will depart from Kiev on Wednesdays and Saturdays and from Ho Chi Minh City on Mondays and Fridays.

The route is expected to increase tourism and trade ties between Vietnam and Ukraine as well as between Europe and Southeast Asia in general.

Established in 1994, Aerosvit Airlines operates 80 international routes to 33 countries./.