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Air France to launch non-stop flight to Paris

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Air France announced to launch non-stop flights to Paris at its press conference on Sep. 29 in Ho Chi Minh City.


To mark a new step in its development in Vietnam, Air France, a founding member of SkyTeam, operates non-stop services between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris three times a week in Boeing 747-400 as from November 2.

Thierry Beragnes, Country Manager Vietnam, tells media about non-stop flights to Paris at the press conference at 5-star Caravelle Hotel  on Sep. 29 in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Uyen Phuong)

The aircraft will be equipped with 40 business and 396 economy seats.


In addition, by strengthening the terms of the code-share agreement signed with Vietnam Airlines, Air France customers will be offered 2 frequencies per week from Ho Chi Minh City and 5 frequencies from Hanoi, operated by Vietnam Airlines. Air France will thus propose 10 weekly flights to Paris, all being non-stop.


Two months later, Air France will introduce on the route the new generation Boeing 777-300ER, offering the full range of Air France in-flight products, including the new Premium Voyageur seat, positioned midway between the Business and Economy cabins.


Passengers will be served a dedicated choice of Vietnamese meals amongst the traditional renowned French cuisine and wines.


Thierry Beragnes, Country Manager Vietnam, expressed fervent hope for the new flights as Vietnam’s economy has grown steadily.


Beyond its Paris – Charles de Gaulle hub, Air France opens its extensive network to a large choice of destinations to France, Europe and to the world,


To celebrate our new full non-stop service and new aircraft on the route, a special promotion at US$777 is on sale until October 24. The fare does not include taxes and surcharges. However, it is also valid for a return trip to Paris, France or Europe commenced from Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City between  November 1, 2010 and  March 31, 2011.


Further information, visit the website www.airfrance.com.vn

Source: SGGP

Air Mekong launches flights to Phu Quoc Island

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Air Mekong launched flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc Island off Kien Giang Province on October 8.

Air Mekong aircraft

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam presented an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to the new carrier on the same day.

From now to March 26, 2011, Air Mekong is scheduled to provide passenger and cargo services on routes from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Phu Quoc, Buon Me Thuot and Pleiku, as well as from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat.

This is the third private air carrier granted a license in the country.


On the occasion of the launch of the new service, Air Mekong runs a promotion program to discount at least 1,000 tickets for customers.

Source: SGGP

Air Mekong opens new air routes to Phu Quoc island

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 4:01 am




Air Mekong opens new air routes to Phu Quoc island


QĐND – Sunday, October 10, 2010, 20:46 (GMT+7)

PANO – Mekong Aviation Joint Stock Commany (Air Mekong), on Oct 8th, held a ceremony to receive the Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Vietnam Civil Aviation Administration, and launch flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city to Phu Quoc Island in the Mekong Delta Kien Giang Province.


Established in October 2008, with Ha Long Investment and Development Company (BIM) and the US-based Sky West as its owners, Air Mekong currently has a fleet of four Bombardier CRJ 900 airplanes that can carry 90 passengers each and land at most airports in Vietnam .


The airline also opened eight flights from Hanoi to Phu Quoc, Con Dao, HCMC as well as from HCMC to Buon Me Thuot, Da Lat, Pleiku as of Oct 9th, and planned to increase to 10 air routes from Novermber this year.


Translated by Vu Hung


Source: QDND

VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:23 pm




VN’s third private air carrier set for take-off


QĐND – Tuesday, August 17, 2010, 22:4 (GMT+7)

Air Mekong, Vietnam’s third private air carrier, is scheduled to launch its first flights on October 10.


“The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will finish its checks and appraisal to enable Air Mekong’s operation next month,” the company stated in a press release.


“Air Mekong is scheduled to begin selling tickets from mid-September and to launch its first flights on October 10 of this year,” the company said.


The airline is scheduled to fly from Hanoi and HCMCity to Da Nang , Nha Trang, Da Lat and Phu Quoc. In addition, it has also asked permission to fly from HCM City to Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh.


On August 15, the airline received delivery of four made-in-Canada Bombardier CRJ 900 aircraft owned by Skywest Leasing Inc of the US. Each aircraft has 95 business and economy-class seats.


Air Mekong was established in 2009 by Ha Long Investment and Development Company. It will be headquartered at PhuQuocAirport. The other two private carriers in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia.


The CAAV said there were a number of organisations and individuals planning to launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at least 500 billion VND (26.3 million USD) to fly internationally and 200 billion VND (10.5 million USD) to launch domestic flights. Airlines must also meet strict aviation and security standards.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Air Mekong gets jets for October maiden flights

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 7:21 am

Vietnamese startup carrier Air Mekong received four Canada-made planes chartered by US-based SkyWest Leasing Inc. on Sunday, another step toward the private airline’s launch of domestic services this October.


The four Bombardier CRJ900 jets, with 90 seats each, landed at Tan Son Nhat Airport in Ho Chi Minh City at noon. They are three years old, according to Air Mekong.

A Bombardier CRJ-900 chartered by Air Mekong at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Hochiminh City, on August 15, 2010

The 100% Vietnamese carrier plans to launch operations with domestic flights on October 10. It is set to sell ticket as of mid-September.


The planned services include Hanoi-Phu Quoc, Hanoi-Hochiminh City, Hanoi-Phu Quoc, and flights from Hanoi to Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat and routes from HCMC to Danang, Nha Trang, Dalat, Con Dao Island, Buon Ma Thuot, Hai Phong and Vinh.


The carrier is waiting for approval from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam. Air Mekong has not announced its fares yet.


SkyWest, the parents company of SkyWest Leasing Inc., says it already invested US$7 million in a 30% stake of Air Mekong. SkyWest adds it has personnel on site to provide technical expertise.


Air Mekong says it has recruited more than 40 pilots and is training 50 flight attendants.


The carrier was set up in 2009 as the third private airline in Vietnam after Indochina Airlines and VietJet Air. Indochina has stopped operations due to losses, while VietJet does not fly yet.


Currently operational airlines in Vietnam are national carrier Vietnam Airlines, its subsidiary Vietnam Air Service Co. (VASCO), and Jetstar Pacific.

Source: SGGP

HCM City-Nagoya air route resumes

In Uncategorized on August 13, 2010 at 3:24 pm




HCM City-Nagoya air route resumes


QĐND – Friday, August 13, 2010, 21:1 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines will resume two direct flights between HCM city and Nagoya, Japan every Monday and Friday starting August 13.

Flights from Ho Chi Minh City (VN968) will take off at 00.05 and from Nagoya (VN969) at 11.30 (local time). A round-trip ticket for economy class will be US$750 and for business class, US$1,310, excluding tax and other fees.


Vietnam Airlines will now have 45 direct flights per week to Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka.


The operation of direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Nagoya began in July, 2005 but stopped in December, 2007, because of the global economic downturn. Direct flights between Hanoi and Nagoya started in August 2008.

Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Pakistan mourns as investigators seek clues to air crash

In Uncategorized on July 29, 2010 at 3:17 am

Asian air travel demand boosts Boeing, Airbus at Farnborough

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:23 am

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 20, 2010 (AFP) – Aircraft manufacturers awaited more orders Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow, a day after it took off with rivals Boeing and Airbus netting 23 billion dollars in new contracts.


A rush of orders for 192 short- and long-haul passenger jets worth a total of 23.3 billion dollars (18 billion euros) marked the start of the show, as airlines and leasing firms sought to meet soaring Asian demand for air travel.


The biggest single order came from Dubai airline Emirates for 30 Boeing long-range 777 aircraft worth a combined 9.1 billion dollars.


General Electric’s aircraft leasing unit agreed to buy 40 single-aisle 737-800 planes worth 3.0 billion dollars from US aerospace giant Boeing.


GE Capital Aviation Services also bought 60 A320 single-aisle planes with a catalogue price of 4.5 billion dollars from Boeing’s fierce European rival, Airbus.


Airbus won a 4.4-billion-dollar order from new US group Air Lease Corporation (ALC) for 51 A320 jets while Russian airline Aeroflot confirmed it was buying 11 long-haul Airbus A330-300 carriers worth 2.3 billion dollars.

An Airbus Military A400M aircraft lands following an air display during the Farnborough International Airshow on July 19, 2010. AFP

“The leasing companies are looking, to not only an upturn in Western European and US markets, but they are also seeing the opportunity in emerging markets,” independent aviation analyst John Strickland told AFP.


“There’s strong demand for aircraft coming through from not only the Middle East but other parts of Asia and in particular China so getting those aircraft on the books now… really is placing them in a strong position to take advantage of that upturn and the growing economies in the years to come.”


Although the 192 planes ordered Monday are together worth more than 23 billion dollars, customers traditionally receive large discounts on the list price of each plane when the orders are of a certain size.


Emirates’ huge order came only a month after the airline agreed to spend 11.5 billion dollars on 32 Airbus A380 superjumbos — the biggest single contract in civil aviation history.


The Farnborough International Airshow near London is one of the aviation world’s biggest trade events and renowned for being an arena for major deal announcements.


Defence will also be in focus Tuesday at the event, which traditionally sees the announcement of orders for military jets. But with governments set to slash defence budgets to help reduce huge public deficits, major deals may be scarce.


Boeing will be hoping to secure more orders here for its mid-sized 787 Dreamliner — a fuel-efficient jet which will be on display in Farnborough after making its first flight outside of the United States on Sunday.


The plane, which can fly very long distances and seat up to 330 passengers, has been beset by production delays.


Jim Albaugh, chief executive of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, said on Sunday the company hoped to deliver the first Dreamliner to launch client All Nippon Airways no later than January.


Airbus is working on a new long-haul plane of its own — the A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body).

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Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 6:23 pm




Vietnam Airlines halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets


QĐND – Thursday, July 01, 2010, 21:23 (GMT+7)

Vietnam Airlines (VNA) suddenly announced it would temporarily cease applying its special airfare scheme for agencies participating in a domestic tourism stimulus program between July 1 and August 15, 2010.


Tran The Dung, vice deputy head of the HCM City Tourism Stimulus Group, also director of the Young Generation Tourist Company, said the decision will negatively impact tourist companies and the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam – your destination’’ launched by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.


Participating in the stimulus program, VNA had pledged to cut airfares for domestic tours provided by travel agents that join the program until the end of this year, excepting specific holidays.


Travel agents speculated that perhaps so many customers have exploited the low-cost air tickets that VNA had to adjust its program.


Under the Vietnam Airlines’ special airfare program, the HCMC Tourism Stimulus Group attracted 4,052 tourists to central and northern provinces in all-inclusive tours packaged together with low-cost airfares this June.


Tours were offered at rates discounted by 30-35 percent. The number of tourists soared by three times compared to that of May, and ten times over the same period last year when the first tourism stimulus campaign, “Impressive Vietnam,” launched.


After the launch of the first tourism stimulus campaign, authorities and businesses of Vietnam’s tourism industry announced the second tourism stimulus campaign of 2010, “Vietnam – Your destination,” with the hope of attracting more domestic travelers as well as foreign tourists. The program’s goal is to welcome 4.2 million International arrivals and 27-28 million of domestic tourists.


Realizing the opportunity to boost revenues, many businesses within the tourism industry have come to support the new campaign. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses related to tourism have dedicated a variety of discounts to customers participating in the program.


Source: Sai Gon Giai Phong/ VietnamNet


 


Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines suddenly halts selling domestic low-cost air tickets

In Uncategorized on July 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) suddenly announced it would temporarily cease applying its special airfare scheme for agencies participating in a domestic tourism stimulus program between July 1 and August 15, 2010, said Tran The Dung, vice deputy head of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Stimulus Group. 

Van Mieu Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), a tourist destination in the North

Mr. Dung, also director of the Young Generation Tourist Company, said the decision will negatively impact tourist companies and the tourism stimulus program “Vietnam – your destination’’ launched by the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism.
 
Participating in the stimulus program, VNA had pledged to cut airfares for domestic tours provided by travel agents that join the program until the end of this year, excepting specific holidays.
 
Travel agents speculated that perhaps so many customers have exploited the low-cost air tickets that VNA had to adjust its program.
 
Under the Vietnam Airlines’ special airfare program, the HCMC Tourism Stimulus Group attracted 4,052 tourists to central and northern provinces in all-inclusive tours packaged together with low-cost airfares this June.
 
Tours were offered at rates discounted by 30-35 percent. The number of tourists soared by three times compared to that of May, and ten times over the same period last year when the first tourism stimulus campaign, “Impressive Vietnam,” launched.


After the launch of the first tourism stimulus campaign, authorities and businesses of Vietnam’s tourism industry announced the second tourism stimulus campaign of 2010, “Vietnam – Your destination,” with the hope of attracting more domestic travelers as well as foreign tourists. The program’s goal is to welcome 4.2 million International arrivals and 27-28 million of domestic tourists.


Realizing the opportunity to boost revenues, many businesses within the tourism industry have come to support the new campaign. Hotels, restaurants and other businesses related to tourism have dedicated a variety of discounts to customers participating in the program.

Source: SGGP