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Air France’s new-version of direct flight: France-HCMC

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:16 am

For the first time, Air France’s new-version of the Boeing 777-300ER has gone into service from Vietnam to Paris, France.

Air France’s new-version, the Boeing 777-300ER, goes  into service for direct flights from Paris to Vietnam. It takes off from France to HCMC on January 4 (Photo: Courtesy of Air France)

The new Boeing 777 took off on January 4 for the first time from Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

The latest version of the Boeing 777-300ER seats up to 383 passengers, in a 3-cabin configuration, which includes 42 seats in business class, 24 seats in the premium Voyageur class and 317 seats in the Voyageur class.

Air France’s first aircraft is equipped with the new Business Class seats. It also offers other innovations, including an inflight entertainment system (IFE), which was developed exclusively for Air France, and new bar areas in each cabin.

“With the deployment of this new aircraft, which offers further improvement and in-flight product, Air France aims to bolster its position in Vietnam. This is a further step forward in our development strategy, following the agreement, signed with Vietnam Airlines last July and the launch a non-stop service in November,” said Thierry Beragnes, Country Manager Vietnam Air France KLM.

Air France flies non-stop between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris five times a week at the end of 2010, with three flights by Air France Boeing 777-300ER and two flights operated by Vietnam Airlines.

In addition, under the terms of the company’s code-share agreement with Vietnam Airlines, Air France now offers its customers a non-stop flight from Hanoi to Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport five times a week.

Source: SGGP

Apricot and peach blossoms to be transported by air

In Uncategorized on January 8, 2011 at 4:15 am

Apricot and peach blossoms to be transported by air

QĐND – Friday, January 07, 2011, 21:31 (GMT+7)

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, has launched a service to transport apricot and peach blossoms of passengers for Tet holidays.

Each passenger can only bring one bunch of apricot or peach blossoms, at a surcharge of between VND100,000 – 300,000 depending on different routes. This service should be booked beforehand otherwise they will be treated as part of the passenger’s luggage.

In addition, the air carrier also transports apricot, peach and kumquat trees for passengers as cargo.

The new service of transporting branches of apricot and peach blossoms will be available on domestic flights, using Boeing B777, Airbus A330, A321 and A320.

Source: HNM

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Air Mekong opens more routes

In Uncategorized on November 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm

Air Mekong opens more routes

QĐND – Thursday, November 25, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

The Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Company (Air Mekong) from October, 2010has opened further routes to Da Lat and Danang cities continuing from its existing 8 air routes.

From November 16th, the airline will operate more routes: Ho Chi Minh City and Danang, Ho Chi Minh City and Dalat, Hanoi and Danang, Hanoi – Dalat – Ho Chi Minh City.

According to its winter schedule, the airline will have 32 flights every day, meeting the demand of passengers during the Tet holiday.

After a period of operation, Air Mekong has won confidence from customers. A representatives from the airline said that on its main routes, occupancy is around 80%, while on other routes, the figure is over 50%.

Source: TT

Translated by Duy Minh

Source: QDND

Rolls-Royce wins 1.8 billion dollars Air China order

In Uncategorized on November 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

Rising Chinese plane maker boasts 100 orders at air show

In Uncategorized on November 17, 2010 at 3:26 am

Hanoi-Warsaw direct air route launched

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Da Nang receives more international air routes

In Uncategorized on November 1, 2010 at 8:11 am

Yemen probes air parcels amid pressure to root out Qaeda

In Uncategorized on October 30, 2010 at 10:40 am

SANAA (AFP) – Yemen on Saturday launched a probe after explosives were found in air parcels sent to US synagogues from its territory by suspected Al-Qaeda militants whom it is under renewed pressure to eliminate.

With alarms bells going off across the world, US President Barack Obama said on Friday that the two packages which originated from Yemen were destined for Chicago synagogues and were a “credible terrorist threat.”

Obama blamed Al-Qaeda’s Yemeni affiliate of being responsible for the packages which were intercepted in Dubai and the East Midlands airport in Britain en route to the United States on board cargo planes.

Police in Dubai said on Saturday that the air parcel intercepted in the Gulf city-state “bears the hallmarks of those used by terrorist organisations like Al-Qaeda.”

Yemen — the ancestral homeland of Osama bin Laden and headquarters of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) — said it opened an investigation and would not let up its fight against global terrorism.

Security and civil aviation authorities “have begun an investigation” into the suspicious packages, a Yemeni government spokesman was quoted as saying Saturday by the state-run Saba news agency.

“This probe is being carried out in coordination with the competent authorities in the United Arab Emirates, Britain and the United States, and its results will be announced in due time,” the official said.

“Yemen will continue to conduct efforts to fight against terrorism in cooperation with the international community,” he said, adding: “Terrorism is a peril that threatens the entire world.”

The discovery of the packages sparked an international security alert on Friday.

Probes were underway in Britain to see if one of the packages intercepted at East Midlands airport was a “viable” bomb, British Home Secretary Theresa May said on Saturday.

In the United States investigators swept cargo planes for possible Al-Qaeda bombs.

US media reported the packages contained a wire-rigged ink toner cartridge and suspicious powder and may have contained the explosive PETN.

“We will continue to pursue additional protective measures as long as it takes to ensure the safety and security of our citizens,” Obama told a special news conference at the White House.

The two packages from Yemen contained explosive material and were a “credible terrorist threat,” the US president said, as the White House thanked Saudi Arabia for tipping it off.

Obama made it clear he suspected AQAP of being behind the plot.

“Although we are still pursuing all of the facts, we do know that the packages originated in Yemen,” Obama said.

“We know that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist group based in Yemen, continues to plan attacks against our homeland, our citizens, and our friends and allies.”

Washington has pressed Yemen to track down US-born radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been linked to high-profile terror plots in the United States and believed to be hiding in the Arabian Peninsula country.

Awlaqi is accused by Washington of having had links with Major Nidal Hasan, a US Army psychiatrist accused of opening fire on colleagues at Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people in November 2009.

He is also suspected of having had ties to the September 11 hijackers, and with Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Nigerian student accused of trying to blow up a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas Day last year.

But analysts say that Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh is also under pressure from the country’s influential tribes, whose backing he needs for his political survival.

“Some tribes like the Hasheds who used to back Saleh are now… allying themselves with groups who support Al-Qaeda,” said Sanaa university professor Adel al-Shaeh.

Source: SGGP

Air travel surges 20 percent in 9 months

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Air travel surges 20 percent in 9 months

QĐND – Thursday, October 14, 2010, 21:19 (GMT+7)

The aviation market in the first nine months saw a year-on-year increase of more than 20 percent in the number of passengers, estimated the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

The administration estimated that roughly 15 million passengers went through the country’s airports in the first nine months of this year, of which Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Air Service Co (Vasco) accounted for more than 11 million.

In the first nine months, the administration also estimated that roughly 340,000 tonnes of goods were transported via air, an increase of 36 percent over the same period last year.

Industry insiders forecast the country’s aviation market in the last quarter will continue to surge due to an increased number of flights licensed by the aviation authorities for foreign airlines including Turkish Airlines, Poland ‘s LOT and Qatar Airways.

Vo Huy Cuong, director of the administration’s Air Transport Department, attributed the steady growth to the continuing strong expansion of the domestic segment backed by flagship carrier Vietnam Airlines.

Cuong said that Vietnam Airlines and its subsidiary Vasco still account for the lion’s share of around 80 percent of the domestic market while the rest is covered by Jetstar Pacific.

With the introduction of Air Mekong and Blue Sky Air recently, which lifts the number of operational airlines in the country to nine, it is expected that the competition in the domestic aviation market will increase.

The administration expects that the country’s overall aviation market will grow roughly 20 percent in 2010, higher than the 14 percent figure it projected earlier this year, thanks to more domestic services and a significant increase in the number of international visitors.

The administration’s statistics showed that roughly 26.2 million passengers and 445,800 tonnes of cargo were transported by air last year, four times higher than in 2000.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

PM okays Vietnam-US air transport accord

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm

The Vietnamese Prime Minister has approved an agreement on amendments to the Vietnam-US Bilateral Air Transport Agreement, which was signed on May 18, 2010.

The PM has also assigned the Ministry of Transport to be responsible for implementing the revised agreement.

Earlier, on May 18, 2010, Minister of Transport Ho Nghia Dung and US Ambassador to Vietnam Michael W. Michalak signed the amended agreement to extend its validity to 2003 and allow the two countries’ airlines to boost their operations, especially in cargo transport.

Source: SGGP