Vietnam Airlines is ramping up flight frequencies and expanding its fleet and route network in Asia-Pacific.

From today, the Vietnamese flag carrier's Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne services will be boosted from five-weekly to seven-weekly, while its Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney services will be increased from six-weekly to seven-weekly.

From June 16, the carrier will introduce a direct daily flight between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur, bringing its services between Vietnam and Malaysia to three-daily.  From July 16, the airline will double its Hanoi-Bangkok service from one to two flights per day, and boost its Hanoi-Singapore service from four-weekly to a daily flight.

Vietnam Airlines is also planning to launch later this year a direct service between Vietnam and the UK, starting with four flights per week, and increasing to daily flights by 2014. The carrier is expanding its fleet from 70 to 115 aircraft by 2015, and is scheduled to receive 34 Airbus A321-200s during this period.