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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

Vietnam Airlines to fly direct between Can Tho and Taipei (China)

In Uncategorized on December 24, 2010 at 4:35 am

Vietnam Airlines plans non stop flights between Can Tho and Taipei  (China) to meet travel demands of passengers during the Lunar New Year 2011.

                Can Tho International Airport

The airlines celebrated the inauguration of Can Tho International Airport in December. The first inaugural flight departed from Can Tho at 1.55 on December 20 and arrived in Taipei at 6.15. The return flight left Taipei at 7.40 and arrived in Can Tho at 10.10.


The forthcoming flights are scheduled on December 29, January 12,19,21,29, 30 and February 5, 7,9,12.


In the first phase of renovation the airport was upgraded to receive domestic flights in 2008 and international flights in 2009. The total cost of the project from 2007 to 2025 is expected to exceed VND11, 000 billion.


The renovation will upgrade the airport to Grade 4E ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) standards allowing landings by larger aircrafts including the B777 and B747-400 normally used for international flights. The new facilities will also improve on the passengers checking time.

Source: SGGP

Hanoi-Warsaw direct air route launched

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

Hanoi-Warsaw direct route to open in mid-November

In Uncategorized on August 18, 2010 at 3:24 pm




Hanoi-Warsaw direct route to open in mid-November


QĐND – Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The LOT Polish Airlines will open a new Hanoi-Warsaw direct flight route in mid-November.


According to plan, a Boeing 767-300 will take off from Hanoi at 0.10am and arrive in Warsaw, Poland at 6.05am (local time) every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.



Another plane will leave Warsaw, Poland, at 10.40pm, and arrive in Hanoi at 3pm (local time) every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.


“Ticket prices for Hanoi-Warsaw will cost at least US$380, not including tax and additional fees,” said Krzysztof Kolodziej, head of the representative office of LOT Polish Airlines in Vietnam.


The Polish national carrier was established in 1929 and is a member of Star Alliance. Currently, the airline possesses 55 airplanes and reaches 60 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North America.   
Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Foreign direct investment in China rose 20.7 percent

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 11:23 am

Foreign direct investment in China rose 20.7 percent on-year in the first seven months of 2010, the government said Tuesday, underlining growing confidence in the country’s economic might.


Foreign companies pumped 58.4 billion dollars into China in the January-July period, commerce ministry spokesman Yao Jian told reporters at a regular briefing.

A Chinese cleaner wipes the floor of a shopping mall with new outlets soon to open in Beijing on August 17, 2010. China on August 17 hailed the country’s economic might after it overtook world number two Japan in the second quarter but said it still had tens of millions of people living in poverty.

That marked an acceleration from the 19.6 percent growth logged in the first half of the year, and the 14.3 percent growth from January to May.


In July alone, foreign direct investment totalled 6.9 billion dollars, a jump of 29.2 percent over the same month in 2009, Yao said.


But Royal Bank of Scotland analyst Ben Simpfendorfer cautioned: “There’s not a lot of transparency in what the figures do and don’t include.”


The data includes investment by overseas companies in industries such as manufacturing, real estate and agriculture but excludes money put into banks and other financial institutions.

Source: SGGP

Israel rejects ‘preconditions’ for direct peace talks

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 11:21 am

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday ruled out any “preconditions” ahead of an expected invitation to direct peace talks with the Palestinians that may be based on a complete settlement halt.


His remarks during a landmark visit to Greece came as Washington appeared to be closing in on the relaunch of direct talks after months of shuttle diplomacy that have failed to convince the Palestinians to enter face-to-face talks.


“I hope to resume direct talks with the Palestinians without preconditions,” Netanyahu said in Athens.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, seen here addressing the press in Athens, ruled out any preconditions ahead of an expected invitation to direct peace talks with the Palestinians that may be based on a complete settlement halt

Earlier an official speaking on condition of anonymity had told AFP in Jerusalem “Israel is ready to start direct negotiations immediately, but without any preconditions.”


“The Palestinians, who have lost valuable time by refusing to revive these direct contacts, will present all the topics they want to discuss at the negotiating table,” added the official.


The diplomatic Quartet — European Union, Russia, United Nations and United States — was expected in the coming days to issue a statement inviting both sides to resume direct talks suspended since 2008.


The Palestinians said it would be modelled on a Quartet statement issued in Moscow in March that called on Israel to halt settlement construction and for the direct talks to lead to a final peace deal in two years.


Israeli media reported a forum of seven top cabinet members had decided to reject the Quartet statement, which could call on Israel to renew a limited 10-month West Bank settlement freeze, set to expire in September.


“The Quartet declaration should allow the Palestinians to descend the tree they have climbed by refusing negotiations, but it must not be binding on Israel,” Israeli media outlets quoted an unnamed minister as saying.


The minister said Israel would reject the appeal from the Quartet but accept a parallel invitation issued by Washington that would be “more balanced.”


Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat charged that Netanyahu’s right-wing government was not serious about peace.


“The announcement by the Israeli government rejecting the statement of the international Quartet before it is even issued shows that Israel is persisting in its rejection of a serious peace process,” Erakat told AFP.


“(This) clearly proves that this government has other interests besides peace and stability in the region,” he added.


Erakat also rejected Israel’s decision on Sunday to deploy 23 caravans in eight West Bank settlements to serve as classrooms, saying it was “placing additional obstacles” in the way of US efforts to revive the peace process.


Netanyahu arrived in Greece on Monday, the first Israeli prime minister to visit a country that has traditionally been pro-Arab and did not recognise Israel’s existence until 1991.


Israel has repeatedly called for direct talks with the Palestinians but has refused to completely halt settlement activity, which it considers a “precondition,” but which the Palestinians say was part of previous agreements.


The presence of some 500,000 Israelis in more than 120 settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank, including mostly-Arab east Jerusalem, has been one of the most contentious issues in the decades-old conflict.


The Palestinians rejected the partial freeze on settlements as insufficient because it did not include east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967 and annexed to its capital in a move not recognised by the international community.

The Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

US envoy George Mitchell has been shuttling between the two sides for months to relaunch direct peace talks. In May Israel and the Palestinians began indirect US-brokered negotiations.

The last round of direct talks collapsed when Israel launched a devastating three-week offensive in Gaza in December 2008 in a bid to halt rocket fire from the enclave ruled by the militant Hamas movement.

Source: SGGP

Israel rejects ‘preconditions’ for direct peace talks

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2010 at 11:22 am

JERUSALEM (AFP) – Israeli officials on Monday rejected any “preconditions” ahead of an expected international invitation to direct peace talks with the Palestinians that would call for a complete settlement freeze.


Their remarks came as Washington appeared to be closing in on the relaunch of direct negotiations after months of shuttle diplomacy that have thus far failed to convince the Palestinians to enter face-to-face talks.

AFP/File – A man carries an injured child into Al-Shifa hospital following Israeli air strikes in Gaza City in July

“Israel is ready to start direct negotiations immediately, but without any preconditions,” an Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity.


“The Palestinians, who have lost valuable time by refusing to revive these direct contacts, will present all the topics they want to discuss at the negotiating table,” he added.


The diplomatic Quartet — comprised of the United States, the United Nations, the European Union and Russia — was expected to issue a statement inviting both sides to relaunch direct talks which were suspended in late 2008.


The Palestinians have said it will be modelled on a Quartet statement issued in Moscow in March that called on Israel to halt settlement construction and for the direct talks to lead to a final peace deal in two years.


They have resisted months of US pressure to relaunch the talks, arguing that Israel’s rightwing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not serious about withdrawing from lands occupied by Israel in 1967.


Israeli media reported that a forum of seven top cabinet members have decided to reject the Quartet statement, which may call on Israel to extend a limited West Bank settlement freeze, set to expire in September, for another 10 months.


“The Quartet declaration should allow the Palestinians to descend the tree they have climbed by refusing negotiations, but it must not be binding on Israel,” several Israeli media outlets quoted an unnamed minister as saying.


The minister was quoted as saying that Netanyahu’s government would reject the appeal from the Quartet but accept a parallel invitation issued by Washington that would be “more balanced.”


Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat charged that Netanyahu’s government was not serious about peace.


“The announcement by the Israeli government rejecting the statement of the international Quartet before it is even issued shows that Israel is persisting in its rejection of a serious peace process,” Erakat told AFP.


“(This) clearly proves that this government has other interests besides peace and stability in the region,” he added.


Erakat also rejected Israel’s decision on Sunday to deploy 23 caravans in eight West Bank settlements to serve as classrooms, saying it was “placing additional obstacles” in the way of US efforts to revive the peace process.


Israel has repeatedly called for direct talks but has refused to completely halt settlement activity, which it considers a “precondition,” but which the Palestinians say was part of previous agreements.


The presence of some 500,000 Israelis in more than 120 settlements scattered across the occupied West Bank, including east Jerusalem, has been one of the most contentious issues in the decades-old conflict.


The Palestinians rejected the partial freeze on settlements as insufficient because it did not include mostly-Arab east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in 1967 and annexed to its capital in a move not recognised by the international community.


The Palestinians view east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.


The United States has been struggling for the past 18 months to relaunch the peace process, viewing it as a key foreign policy goal that would help improve relations with the Muslim world.


The two sides began indirect US-brokered talks in May, after the last round of direct talks collapsed when Israel launched a devastating three-week offensive in Gaza in December 2008 in a bid to halt rocket fire from the enclave ruled by the militant Hamas movement.


Hamas, which is sworn to the destruction of the Jewish state, has warned Palestinian Authority president Mahmud Abbas against holding any negotiations with Israel, including in a weekend statement co-signed by 10 other hardline groups based in Syria.

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Source: SGGP

Direct flights between Vietnam and Poland to be launched

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2010 at 3:19 pm




Direct flights between Vietnam and Poland to be launched


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:42 (GMT+7)

LOT, Polish Airlines, have been allowed to launch direct flights between Poland and Vietnam, said Vo Huy Cuong, Head of the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam’s Air Transport Department.


There has been, so far, no direct flights between Vietnam and Poland despite a bilateral aviation agreement signed a decade ago.


LOT Polish Airlines plans to launch a non-stop route from Warsaw to Hanoi to meet the increasing demand of passengers of the two countries. The Vietnam’s Air Transport Department agreed to provide a license for the flights from November 2010.


There will be three flights every week, and previously, passengers from Poland had to transit in Moscow, Paris or Frankfurt before reaching Vietnam.


Source: NLD


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Obama hopes for direct Mideast peace talks by September

In Uncategorized on July 7, 2010 at 4:14 am

 US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he hoped for direct Middle East peace talks to start before the end of September, as he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied reports of a rift.


The two leaders sat close together in the Oval Office and staged a prolonged handshake for the cameras, seeking to put to rest a tense, behind closed-doors White House encounter in March.


“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu wants peace. I think he’s willing to take risks for peace,” Obama said, and strongly disputed a question which suggested the bond between Israel and the United States had frayed.


“The fact of the matter is, is that I’ve trusted Prime Minister Netanyahu since I met him before I was elected president and have said so both publicly and privately.”


The talks went ahead amid intense interest on a partial Israeli freeze on settlement building which is due to expire at the end of September.

US President Barack Obama (R) addresses the press alongside Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC

Obama finessed the issue by saying he hoped progress towards direct negotiations from indirect US-brokered proximity talks between Israelis and Palestinians would render that deadline irrelevant.


“My hope is that once direct talks have begun, well before the moratorium has expired, that that will create a climate in which everybody feels a greater investment in success,” he said.


Netanyahu says he is ready to meet Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas at any time, but the Palestinians have yet to commit to direct talks, accusing Israel of undermining the atmosphere with continuing settlement activity.


He said he and Obama had discussed “concrete” steps that could be taken now.


“When I say ‘the next few weeks,’ that’s what I mean. The president means that too.”


The challenge now will be to get the Palestinians to accept the time frame that Obama has in mind. The initial reaction from the Palestinians hinted at the difficulty of an ambitious timeline.


Abbas “insists on the necessity of progress in indirect negotiations on core issues (borders, security) before going to direct negotiations,” his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP by telephone.


The Israeli leader is under extreme pressure from his right-wing coalition not to cave in to any US pressure to extend the moratorium, announced in November after Obama pushed for concessions to the Palestinians.


Obama’s comments may be a sign he has concluded that Netanyahu’s tricky political position will prevent an extension.


Netanyahu warned that the prime threat facing Israel was Iran’s nuclear program, and praised new US sanctions against Tehran as having “teeth” while calling for “much tougher” action from other nations.


And he said suggestions that Israel and the United States were drifting apart were not just “premature” but “flat wrong.”


Obama also reassured Netanyahu that his administration had made “no change” to its policy regarding Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal, amid concern among Israelis over his campaign for a nuclear free world.


Obama and Netanyahu appeared friendly towards one another, but their stern expressions at times reflected the grave nature of their talks. Both sides however seemed to want to put their spat into the past.

Netanyahu said it was “about time” that Obama visited Israel. “I’m ready,” Obama said, without mentioning a date.

In March, Netanyahu was denied even a photo-op with Obama as a row raged over settlement expansion. This time, reporters were invited to watch the US leader see the premier to his limousine and give him a wave goodbye.

Cementing the friendly tone, US First Lady Michelle Obama invited Netanyahu’s wife Sara for afternoon tea.

Obama and Netanyahu were meeting for the first time since Israel’s raid on an aid flotilla headed for Gaza in May, which killed nine Turks, and triggered a regional diplomatic crisis.

Israel on Monday gave the go-ahead for the international community to import construction materials into Gaza for projects under international supervision.

Obama commended Netanyahu for the move.

“We’ve seen real progress on the ground. I think it’s been acknowledged that it has moved more quickly and more effectively than many people anticipated.”

Both sides appeared to have decided to keep any disputes behind closed doors.

“There are going to be times where, you know, he and I are having robust discussions about what kind of choices need to be made,” Obama said.

“But the underlying approach never changes, and that is, the United States is committed to Israel’s security.”

Source: SGGP

Vietnam-India direct air route to be launched

In Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 at 2:27 pm




Vietnam-India direct air route to be launched


QĐND – Sunday, April 11, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The Prime Minister has instructed the Vietnam Airlines Corporation to consider opening direct air routes from Vietnam to India and other South Asian destinations.


Accordingly, Vietnam Airlines will either launch or establish a joint venture with other counterparts to conduct the flights.


The PM also directed the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry to formulate a project to establish a Vietnam-India business association.


Two-way trade between Vietnam and India has increased significantly in recent years, from just US$79 million in 1995 to nearly US$2.5 billion in 2008, surpassing the US$2 billion mark set for 2010.


Despite the global economic recession, bilateral trade last year reached US$2.05 billion, of which US$420 million was generated from Vietnamese exports, up 9 percent against 2008. The figure is expected to reach US$3 billion in 2010 and US$5 billion in 2015.


The trade is forecast to rise considerably in the coming years after the two countries have signed an agreement on goods trading as part of the framework agreement on ASEAN-India Trade in Goods (AITIG), and India has recognised Vietnam’s market economy status.


Source: VietNamNet/VOV


 


Source: QDND