wiki globe

Posts Tagged ‘Airline’

IATA meets as airline industry shows signs of recovery

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 10:19 am

BERLIN (AFP) – The commercial aviation industry, battered by plunging sales and fallout from the Icelandic ash cloud, is at last emerging from a steep downturn, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) says.


“We are meeting as the industry continues its recovery from the global financial meltdown,” IATA general director Giovanni Bisignani said ahead of its general assembly starting Monday.


The organisation represents 230 airlines that account for 93 percent of commercial air traffic.

Staff hand out folding chairs to passengers as they wait for information at Manchester Airport, in northwest England after it was closed because of an Icelandic ash cloud in May. AFP file

The pace of the sector’s recovery has been slowed by the eruption in April of an Icelandic volcano, which spread an ash cloud over Europe that brought commercial air travel to a standstill for a week.


International passenger traffic, after rising 10.3 percent in March, showed only a 2.4 percent gain in April.


Bisignani said however that the strong growth recorded prior to the volcano eruption presages a sustained recovery.


“It is finally time for some cautious optimism,” he said.


IATA estimates that the global civil aviation industry lost 9.4 billion dollars (7.8 billion euros) last year, with Europe accounting for 3.8 billion dollars.


The Franco-Dutch airline Air France-KLM last week reported a 4.3 percent gain in traffic in May.


“If this year we see no growth, it is possible that we will be able to regain momentum in 2011,” company chief executive Pierre-Henri Gourgeon said.


“In 2012, the air transport industry will be at a level that will exceed that reached before the (2008 global financial) crisis.”


Industry analyst Christophe Menard of Bryan, Garnier and Co. said that “overall, the trend has been positive over the last months.


“We will incorporate signs of recovery starting in the second half of the year and … should be at the top of the cycle in two years.”


Airlines have taken account of recovery prospects and have told manufacturers they planned to take delivery of aircraft as scheduled in 2011.


Results in the first quarter of the year improved, notably in Asia and North America, according to IATA. The first quarter is traditionally the weakest of the year.


“Airlines typically make 80 percent of their earnings in the second and third quarters,” IATA noted.


Menard said recent airline mergers in the United States should help absorb excess capacity.


At research group Oliver Wyman, analyst Olivier Fainsilber stressed that the economic recovery could prompt an increase in business travel and sales of flexible tickets at higher prices.


“This should be a fillip to generalist companies that have continued to offer a wide range of flight schedules during the crisis but without getting the benefit of sales of flexible tickets,” he said.

d
Source: SGGP

United, Continental forge world’s biggest airline

In Uncategorized on May 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

 

United and Continental sealed a three-billion-dollar merger to become the world’s biggest airline, in a deal forged to help them navigate strong economic headwinds.

 

The deal would fuse United’s strong Asian presence with Continental’s extensive links to Europe and Latin America, a tectonic shift in an industry battling to survive recession.

 

Airlines around the world are struggling with fallout from the worst recession in a generation, terrorism and costs brought on by an Icelandic volcano which forced the suspension of thousands of flights.

 

A United Airlines plane takes off from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). United Airlines and Continental Airlines have announced a merger deal that will create the world’s biggest carrier

The new airline will fly under the United Airlines name and will hold around seven percent of global airline capacity. It has a market value of around 6.75 billion dollars.

 

Jeff Smisek, the Continental chief executive who moves to the same position in the new company, said the merger would create “a stronger, more efficient airline, both operationally and financially, better positioned to succeed in a highly competitive global aviation industry.”

 

The companies said they hoped to generate annual savings and new revenues of up to 1.2 billion dollars by 2013.

 

The deal needs approval from shareholders of the two carriers and US anti-trust authorities, who turned down a United-US Airways deal in 2001.

 

But Smisek told reporters: “We are confident. There are no material anti-trust concerns. We are increasing competition, we are not reducing competition, with more consumer choice, better consumer choice.”

 

The economic crisis and the rise of low-cost carriers has driven airline alliances and steep cost cutting.

 

The deal is the latest step to consolidate the US airline sector after Delta’s 2008 takeover of Northwest.

 

British Airways is tying up with with Spanish carrier Iberia to avoid being sidelined by European rivals Air France-KLM and Lufthansa.

 

United and Continental both had a turnover of more than three billion dollars in 2009 but both reported losses.

 

“Together, we will have the financial strength necessary to make critical investments to continue to improve our products and services and to achieve and sustain profitability,” Smisek argued.

 

Glenn Tilton, president and chief executive of United parent UAL Corporation, will serve as non-executive chairman of the new United Continental Holdings Inc board until the end of 2012.

 

He called the deal “a merger of equals to create a world-class and truly global airline with an unparalleled network.”

 

A statement announcing the merger said the boards of both airlines had unanimously approved the deal.

 

Under the accord, Continental shareholders will receive 1.05 shares of United stock for each Continental share. United shareholders would own approximately 55 percent of the equity in the new company and Continental shareholders 45 percent.

 

The companies said they expected to complete the transaction by the end of 2010.

The merged giant will maintain United’s base in Chicago as its headquarters, while Continental’s home city of Houston, Texas will be the number one air hub, the statement said.

Texas Governor Rick Perry clearly thought the headquarters should have been in Houston.

“While we disagree with the decision to locate the headquarters in Chicago, we are encouraged by the company’s commitment to Texas and its stated intent to create more jobs for Texans in the future,” he said in a statement.

No announcement of job cuts was made, although pilots’ unions for both carriers demanded job security and pension guarantees.

United pilots said they would take a “wait-and-see” approach, but believe the format is in place for such a combination to work.

The companies said the new airline will serve more than 144 million passengers per year with 370 destinations in 59 countries.

The combined company promised to offer enhanced service to Asia, Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East from its 10 US hubs.

They said there were no international route overlaps and only “minimal” domestic copying.

US Airways broke off merger talks with United last month, but said it expected consolidation of the fragmented airline sector in the near future.

“It remains our belief that consolidation makes sense in an industry as fragmented as ours,” said US Airways chairman Doug Parker.

Few market watchers expected mergers to end with the one announced Monday, and rumors are swirling about a possible American Airlines tie-up with US Airways.

 

Source: SGGP

Save Time & Money With Easy Booking
Flight Information
(1=Mon; 2=Tue; 3=Wed; 4=Thu; 5=Fri; 6=Sat; 7=Sun)
Single Ticket
(US$)
Return Ticket
(US$)
Flight Carriers Days Time Economy Business Economy Business
Flight from Amsterdam to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1547 3405 3094 6810 Book now
Flight from Atlanta Hartsfield to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 949 1898 Book now
Flight from Austin Taxas to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1648 2723 3296 5446 Book now
Flight from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 243 397 486 794 Book now
Flight from Beijing (China) to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 390 688 780 1376 Book now
Flight from Boston, Logan to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 2080 2749 4160 5498 Book now
Flight from Buon Ma Thuot to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 62 N/A 124 N/A Book now
Flight from Ca Mau to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Can Tho to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 50 N/A 100 N/A Book now
Flight from Chicago Il to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1042 2667 2084 5334 Book now
Flight from Con Dao to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Da Lat to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 79 111 158 222 Book now
Flight from Dallas to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Denver to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Dong Hoi to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 115 N/A 230 N/A Book now
Flight from Frankfurt to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 648 1158 1296 2316 Book now
Flight from Fukuoka to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 753 1311 1506 2622 Book now
Flight from Guangzhou to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 318 436 636 872 Book now
Flight from Ha Noi to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 115 202 230 404 Book now
Flight from Hai Phong to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 115 174 230 348 Book now
Flight from Hong Kong to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 387 490 774 980 Book now
Flight from Honolulu to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1796 2444 3592 4888 Book now
Flight from Houston to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Hue to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 79 131 158 262 Book now
Flight from Kaohsiung to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 354 389 708 778 Book now
Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 271 385 542 770 Book now
Flight from Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 914 N/A 1828 N/A Book now
Flight from Manila to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 349 N/A 698 N/A Book now
Flight from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines N/A 1976 N/A 3952 Book now
Flight from Miami to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 N/A 3228 N/A Book now
Flight from Minneapolis to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 778 1556 Book now
Flight from Moscow to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 786 1678 1572 3356 Book now
Flight from Nagoya to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1699 2420 3398 4840 Book now
Flight from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Osaka to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 733 1288 1466 2576 Book now
Flight from Paris to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 859 2011 1718 4022 Book now
Flight from Philadelphia to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 780 1560 Book now
Flight from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 201 332 402 664 Book now
Flight from Phu Quoc to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Pleiku to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Portland to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 778 1556 Book now
Flight from Prague to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1352 2115 2704 4230 Book now
Flight from Pusan to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 524 593 1048 1186 Book now
Flight from Quy Nhon to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Rach Gia to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 50 N/A 100 N/A Book now
Flight from Rome to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1399 3157 2798 6314 Book now
Flight from San Francisco to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 561 N/A 1122 N/A Book now
Flight from Seattle to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 778 1556 Book now
Flight from Seoul to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 603 855 1206 1710 Book now
Flight from Shanghai to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 484 710 968 1420 Book now
Flight from Siem Riep to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 201 383 402 766 Book now
Flight from Singapore to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 252 394 504 788 Book now
Flight from St Louis to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 N/A 3228 N/A Book now
Flight from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1024 1983 2048 3966 Book now
Flight from Taipei to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 389 459 778 918 Book now
Flight from Tam Ky to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 66 N/A 132 N/A Book now
Flight from Tokyo to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1699 2421 3398 4842 Book now
Flight from Tuy Hoa to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Vientiane to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 302 432 604 864 Book now
Flight from Vinh to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 115 173 230 346 Book now
Flight from Washington Dc to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Yangon to Ho Chi Minh Vietnam Airlines 319 N/A 638 N/A Book now
Flight from

New airline security to profile US-bound travelers: media

In Uncategorized on April 2, 2010 at 11:01 am

WASHINGTON, April 2, 2010 (AFP) – Washington will announce Friday new airline security measures for US-bound passengers that scraps screening for specific countries to focus on profiles of potential terrorists, US media said.


The new approach replaces the mandatory enhanced screening of all passengers travelling to the United States from 14 nations, most of which are Muslim, which was imposed following a young Nigerian’s failed Christmas Day Al-Qaeda plot to blow up an airplane travelling to Detroit from Amsterdam.


The announcement to be made by the Department of Homeland Security follows a three-month review of security protocols since the botched bombing attempt, said The New York Times, citing senior administration officials.


The new measures to begin this month involve travellers’ personal characteristics matching intelligence on potential attackers.


Even US citizens travelling to the United States will be subject to special screening if they match certain profiles.


“It’s much more tailored to what intelligence is telling us and what the threat is telling us, as opposed to stopping all individuals from a particular nationality or all individuals using a particular passport,” said the unnamed official, quoted by the Times said.


The current “no-fly” list was to remain in place under the new procedures, but supplemented by cross-referenced information that may see passengers subject to further screening even if their names are not flagged, the Wall Street Journal said.


Characteristics such as nationality, age, recently visited countries, age, and partial names will be used alongside the “no-fly” list, the Journal said.


The system aims to avoid the intelligence failures that led to the alleged Christmas Day bomber, Nigeria’s Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, boarding the US-bound flight from Amsterdam wearing underpants rigged with explosives, even though US intelligence had been alerted to information on him.


The Obama administration has also pledged to speed up the installation of full body scanners at US airports and to increase funding for federal air marshals on flights deemed most at risk.

d
Source: SGGP

Seized plane owned by Kazakh airline, then sold: official

In World on December 15, 2009 at 2:34 am

 

ASTANA, Dec 14, 2009 (AFP) – A cargo plane seized in Thailand suspected of smuggling arms from North Korea was owned by a Kazakh airline before being sold to a Georgian firm two months ago, officials said Monday.








Unidentified crew members (C) of the cargo plane wait behind bars before leaving the Criminal Court following a hearing, in Bangkok on December 14, 2009. (AFP photo)

“This aircraft was previously in the register of Kazakhstan and was sold to a Georgian airline by our private airline and removed from the state register of Kazakhstan on October 7, 2009,” Radilbek Adimolda, the head of Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Commission told reporters.

 

“Until spring of this year it belonged to private Kazakh airline, East Wing. It was then bought by Kazakh airline Beibarys, which in turn in October of this year sold the plane to Georgian airline Air West Georgia”.

 

“It was found that this aircraft does indeed have Georgian registration,” he added.

 

The Ilyushin Il-76 was seized at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport on Friday during a refuelling stop and was discovered to be carrying 30 tonnes of weapons from North Korea, in violation of UN sanctions against Pyongyang.

 

Thai police said the crew requested permission to land for refueling in Bangkok and then lied to inspectors about their cargo, saying it was oil-drilling equipment.

 

Four of the five crew members arrested by Thai police are citizens of Kazakhstan, which borders Russia and China.

 

Adimolda confirmed that four crew members are Kazakh citizens and said that Kazakhstan “will carry out work to defend our citizens.”
Source: SGGP Bookmark & Share

Save Time & Money With Easy Booking
Flight Information
(1=Mon; 2=Tue; 3=Wed; 4=Thu; 5=Fri; 6=Sat; 7=Sun)
Single Ticket
(US$)
Return Ticket
(US$)
Flight Carriers Days Time Economy Business Economy Business
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Amsterdam Vietnam Airlines 1547 3405 3094 6810 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Atlanta Hartsfield Vietnam Airlines 1645 2721 3290 5442 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Austin Taxas Vietnam Airlines 1648 2723 3296 5446 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Bangkok Vietnam Airlines 243 397 486 794 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Beijing (China) Vietnam Airlines 395 616 790 1232 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Boston, Logan Vietnam Airlines 2080 2749 4160 5498 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Buon Ma Thuot Vietnam Airlines 51 N/A 102 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Ca Mau Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Can Tho Vietnam Airlines 51 N/A 102 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Chicago Il Vietnam Airlines 2080 2749 4160 5498 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Con Dao Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Da Lat Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Da Nang Vietnam Airlines 79 111 158 222 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Dallas Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Denver Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Dong Hoi Vietnam Airlines 115 N/A 230 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Frankfurt Vietnam Airlines 874 2523 1748 5046 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Fukuoka Vietnam Airlines 753 1311 1506 2622 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Guangzhou Vietnam Airlines 325 445 650 890 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Ha Noi Vietnam Airlines 115 202 230 404 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hai Phong Vietnam Airlines 115 174 230 348 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hong Kong Vietnam Airlines 350 553 700 1106 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Honolulu Vietnam Airlines 1540 2444 3080 4888 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Houston Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Hue Vietnam Airlines 79 131 158 262 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Kaohsiung Vietnam Airlines 410 470 820 940 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Kuala Lumpur Vietnam Airlines 243 372 486 744 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Los Angeles Vietnam Airlines 726 N/A 1452 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Manila Vietnam Airlines 349 N/A 698 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Melbourne Vietnam Airlines 770 1343 1540 2686 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Miami Vietnam Airlines 1614 N/A 3228 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Minneapolis Vietnam Airlines 2078 2746 4156 5492 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Moscow Vietnam Airlines 764 1982 1528 3964 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Nagoya Vietnam Airlines 573 824 1146 1648 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Nha Trang Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Osaka Vietnam Airlines 733 1288 1466 2576 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Paris Vietnam Airlines 859 1983 1718 3966 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Philadelphia Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phnom Penh Vietnam Airlines 226 317 452 634 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Phu Quoc Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Pleiku Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Portland Vietnam Airlines 1796 2444 3592 4888 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Prague Vietnam Airlines 1352 2115 2704 4230 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Pusan Vietnam Airlines 524 659 1048 1318 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Quy Nhon Vietnam Airlines 61 83 122 166 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Rach Gia Vietnam Airlines 41 51 82 102 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Rome Vietnam Airlines 1399 3157 2798 6314 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to San Francisco Vietnam Airlines 561 N/A 1122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Seattle Vietnam Airlines 1540 2444 3080 4888 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Seoul Vietnam Airlines 603 866 1206 1732 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Shanghai Vietnam Airlines 472 698 944 1396 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Siem Riep Vietnam Airlines 226 367 452 734 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Singapore Vietnam Airlines 236 384 472 768 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to St Louis Vietnam Airlines 1614 N/A 3228 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Sydney Vietnam Airlines 763 1928 1526 3856 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Taipei Vietnam Airlines 410 470 820 940 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Tam Ky Vietnam Airlines 66 N/A 132 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Tokyo Vietnam Airlines 573 824 1146 1648 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Tuy Hoa Vietnam Airlines 61 N/A 122 N/A Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Vientiane Vietnam Airlines 317 417 634 834 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Vinh Vietnam Airlines 115 174 230 348 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Washington Dc Vietnam Airlines 1614 2667 3228 5334 Book now
Flight from Ho Chi Minh to Yangon Vietnam Airlines 310 N/A 620 N/A Book now
Flight from

 

Malaysian budget airline to connect Asia and Europe

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Hanoi (VNA) – Malaysia’s AirAsia X announced on November 26 that it will fly to London from next March, with fares starting at 150 USD, becoming the first budget airline to connect Asia and Europe.

AirAsia X will schedule five flights a week between the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur and Stansted Airport on the outskirts of London.

AirAsia’s Group Chief Executive Tony Fernandes was quoted by new agencies as saying that he hoped to attract Europeans who would explore the region through AirAsia’s extensive route network in Southeast Asia.

“AirAsia X’s London-Kuala Lumpur route is the realisation of a long-held ambition to open up affordable access between Malaysia and Europe for both (Southeast Asian) and European communities,” he said in a statement.

AirAsia X currently flies to Australia’s Gold Coast, Perth and Melbourne, and Hangzhou in China.-

Flight from Ha Noi to

Flight to Hue from

Airline boosts online services

In Uncategorized on August 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

 

HA NOI — National carrier Vietnam Airlines has signed two multi-million dollar deals with US-based Sabre Airline Solutions to improve its online reservation system and online shopping capabilities.

 

“Vietnam Airlines has looked long and hard for a technology partner with whom we can create a solid relationship so as to continue our growth and help us reach our business objectives, which include becoming one of the region’s best airlines. We believe we have found that in Sabre Airline Solutions,” said Pham Ngoc Minh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines.

 

“The online market is growing rapidly, and the travel and aviation market is also booming. By offering customers new opportunities to buy tickets, we are confident we can help spur market growth,” Minh said.

 

“Sabre Airline Solutions is investing in this important growing market and would like to help the Viet Nam aviation industry, particularly VietnamAirlines, realise its goals,” said Tom Klein, group president of Sabre Airline Solutions and Sabre Travel Network.

 

For the second agreement with VietnamAirlines, Sabre Airline Solutions has been working with IBM to provide the carrier with a complete Internet Booking Engine (IBE) that will offer airline customers a wide range of services.

 

“As VietnamAirlines expands its online presence, the IBE will serve as a critical tool for the customer to browse and buy various services,” said Marty Salfen, general manager of the Global Travel and Transportation Industry of IBM.

 

The IBE will give travellers an opportunity to book a variety of ticket options, including multiple connection flights from VietnamAirlines and its codeshare partners.

 

Travellers can also use the airline’s website to access other services such as online booking, payments, meal requests, car and hotel bookings, currency support and seating maps.

 

Sabre Airline Solutions was inaugurated in 1960 to provide an advanced reservations system and address the full range of airline needs from marketing and sales to service and operations.

 

According to recent figures by IDG (International Date Group) Ventures, Viet Nam now has more than 18 million Internet users, whereas just eight years ago it had only 500,000. IDG Ventures believes there will be 36 million users by 2010.

 

The country’s tourism sector is also growing at double digit rates with the Government expecting to welcome six million foreign visitors and 26 million domestic visitors by 2010. —
Vietnam airlines online

Flight from Ha Noi to