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Vietnam Airlines flies Hong Kong-Da Nang route

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm
Vietnam Airlines flies Hong Kong-Da Nang route
QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, and Hong Kong’s Vietlink International Travel Company on Nov. 26 officially launched a direct air route linking Vietnam’s central city of Da Nang and Hong Kong (China).

Using Vietnam Airlines’ 184-seat Airbus 321 aircraft, these charter flights will operate every Tuesday and Friday from Nov. 26 to May 3.

Nguyen Quoc Tuan, head of Vietnam Airlines office in Hong Kong, said the new service would contribute to the development of tourism in Da Nang and Vietnam.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Flight from Da Nang to Buon Ma Thuot

Flight from Da Nang to Da Lat

Flight from Da Nang to Ha Noi

Flight from Da Nang to Ho Chi Minh

Flight from Da Nang to Nha Trang

Flight from Da Nang to Pleiku

Flight to Hong Kong from

Third private carrier flies Vietnam’s skies

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2010 at 3:59 am

Third private carrier flies Vietnam’s skies

QĐND – Monday, October 11, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

Vietnam’s third private airline, Air Mekong, received its Air Operator’s Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) in Kien Giang province in the south on October 8.

The carrier also launched its first two routes, Hanoi – Phu Quoc and Ho Chi Minh City – Phu Quoc on the same day. 

“The CAAV certificate will open a new page for our development”, said Air Mekong chairman Doan Quoc Viet. 

He said Air Mekong started commercial operations on October 9 with eight flights from Ha Noi and HCM City to Phu Quoc, Con Dao, Buon Me Thuot and Pleiku, adding that Air Mekong will expand operations in November, including flights to Da Lat in the Central Highlands and Da Nang city. 

The airline has launched a promotional offer with 1,000 tickets on sale until November 9 at prices from VND400,000 to VND1.2 million on all its domestic routes. Tickets are on sale at travel agents as well as Air Mekong’s website and customer care centres. 

Air Mekong was established in 2009 by the Ha Long Investment and Development Company based at Phu Quoc Airport. The other two private carriers already operating in Vietnam are Indochina Airlines and VietJet AirAsia. 

The CAAV said there are also a number of other organisations and individuals planning to launch airlines. To qualify, private operators must have a charter capital of at least VND500 billion to fly internationally and VND200 billion to launch domestic flights. They must also meet strict aviation and security standards.

Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Turkey flies activists home after deadly Israeli raid

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 10:14 am

Hundreds of activists from the Gaza-bound aid flotilla seized by Israeli commandos arrived in Turkey Thursday, as Israel’s prime minister denounced some of them as “violent supporters of terrorism.”

A crowd of about a thousand people, some chanting anti-Israeli slogans, welcomed the three planes carrying 488 activists at Istanbul airport as they arrived in the small hours of the morning.

The planes were also carrying the bodies of nine activists killed when Israeli commandos took control of the six aid vessels in Monday’s pre-dawn operation, Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc told journalists at the airport.

Israel has identified four of the dead as Turkish nationals, but there has been no word yet as to the identity or nationality of the others.

An unidentified Turkish activist, who was expelled from Israel, is taken to a hospital in Ankara after arriving from Israel.

One of the new arrivals, a Turkish national of about 50 who refused to give his name, told cameras at the airport that he had been astonished at the brutality of the Israeli commandos who boarded the Mavi Marmara.

The Turkish vessel was the largest of the six vessels in the aid convoy and it was here that the deadly clashes took place.

Earlier Wednesday, Turkish Health Minister Recep Akdag was on hand at a military base near Ankara to receive two seriously wounded activists, one Turkish and one an Irish national, as they flew in from Israel.

In Israel however, Netanyahu hit back at the international condemnation of the operation.

Since the activists had refused offers from both Israel and Egypt to deliver the aid to Gaza once it had been inspected, they had been left with no choice but to board the vessels, said the prime minister.

Israel’s forces had met violent resistance only on the Mavi Marmara, he added. “They were stabbed, they were clubbed, they were fired upon…

“This was not a love boat. This was a hate boat. These weren’t pacifists. These weren’t peace activists. These were violent supporters of terrorism.”

Organisers of the so-called “Freedom Flotilla” have denied the Israeli account, saying the soldiers had started firing as soon as they landed.

And they say Irish and Malaysian activists are on another aid ship heading towards Gaza despite the potential for more violence.

The Rachel Corrie, carrying building supplies, is in the Mediterranean, and organisers say it will be several days before it arrives in Gaza.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin urged Israel to let them through.

“It is imperative that there should be no further confrontation or bloodshed arising from what has been all along a purely humanitarian mission by those involved in the Gaza flotilla,” he said.

Israel rushed to deport the activists after Turkey, in talks with the United States, warned of fresh measures against the Jewish state.

Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told reporters he had asked US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to intervene during their meeting in Washington Tuesday.

“No one has the right to prosecute people kidnapped in international waters,” he said.

Turkey has already recalled its ambassador from Tel Aviv and scrapped plans for joint military exercises.

Netanyahu, in his statement, argued that if aid convoys were allowed into Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamist Hamas movement, they would become a conduit for rockets and other weapons to be used against Israel.

“Israel regrets the loss of life,” he said.

“But we will never apologize for defending ourselves. Israel has every right to prevent deadly weapons from entering into hostile territory.”

UN chief Ban Ki-moon nevertheless renewed his call for Israel to lift its blockade of the Gaza Strip, describing it as “counter-productive, unsustainable and wrong.”

The UN secretary-general also said that Israel should provide a “full and detailed account” of the commando raid.

Arab League foreign ministers meanwhile, decided to force the issue.

At a five-hour emergency meeting in Cairo late Wednesday League members decided to “break and to defy the Israeli blockade by every means,” Secretary General Amr Mussa told reporters.

The ministers welcomed Egypt’s decision Wednesday to open its Rafah crossing into the Gaza Strip Wednesday, to allow travel and the delivery of humanitarian aid. It is the only access point to Gaza not controlled by Israel.

Israeli officials said 682 people from 42 countries, with Turks the most numerous, were on board the six ships that tried to break the blockade of Gaza, which is ruled by the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

Of that total, 527 had flown out to Greece and Turkey overnight, said a foreign ministry spokesman late Wednesday.

Seven activists wounded in Monday’s clashes were still being treated in an Israeli hospital, he added.

Three others — an Irishman and two women from Australia and Italy — remained in Israel “for technical reasons,” he added, without elaborating.

Others were deported earlier.

In Greece meanwhile, a plane carrying 31 Greek activists from the aid convoy, together with three French nationals and an American, flew into Athens airport in the early hours of Thursday, the foreign ministry said.

Source: SGGP

Vietnam Airlines flies between Hanoi and Vinh

In Uncategorized on May 16, 2010 at 1:00 pm

The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and the People’s Committee of the central province of Nghe An announced to open Hanoi – Vinh route on May 15.

A Vietnam Airlines airplane (Photo: Ngoc Anh)

The carrier operates 5 flights per week by ATR72 aircraft.

Promotion fares are available until May 31. A one-way ticket costs VND300.000 for travel between May 12 to June 30. 

Vietnam Airlines plans to increase flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Vinh to make it daily flights.

Source: SGGP

Child survivor of Libyan crash flies home

In Uncategorized on May 15, 2010 at 12:57 pm

The nine-year-old Dutch boy who was the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Libyan capital left for home on Saturday, three days after the disaster that killed his parents, brother and 100 others.

Nine-year old Dutch boy Ruben van Assouw (C) is transferred onboard a plane heading towards the Netherlands at Mitiga airport in Tripoli May 15, 2010

Ruben van Assouw was accompanied on the flight from Matiga military airfield in the Libyan capital by his uncle, aunt and the Libyan doctor who had been treating him.

“He’s a very special patient. He is talking and in good health. I will stay (in the Netherlands) for as long as necessary,” Dr Siddiq ben Dilla told AFP before the Cessna Citation Libyan air ambulance took off.

“I hope the trip goes well.”

The Dutch foreign ministry refused to disclose the aircraft’s destination, but the Dutch federation of tour operators said it would land at Eindhoven military airport.

It took off shortly after 12 noon (0900 GMT) for the roughly three-hour flight.

Earlier, police prevented photographers from approaching as Ruben was taken by stretcher, covered in a blue blanket and with a black cap on his head and scarf covering his face, to the ambulance for the journey to the airport.

Dilla said flowers and presents given to the boy had been taken away from Al-Khadra hospital in Tripoli in a Dutch embassy vehicle.

The boy’s aunt and uncle said on Friday that Ruben now knows that his mother, father and 11-year-old brother died in Wednesday’s crash at Tripoli airport that killed a total of 103 people and whose cause remains unknown.

The Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A330 flight from Johannesburg in South Africa disintegrated on landing.

“We have explained to Ruben exactly what happened. He knows that his parents and his brother are dead,” they said in a statement read to media in Tripoli.

It said Ruben was doing well under the circumstances and had seen the flowers and messages of support sent to him.

“The time ahead will be a difficult period for us,” the statement said. “We hope that the media will respect our privacy.”

Earlier Ruben himself told a Dutch newspaper he could remember nothing about the crash.

“My name is Ruben and I am from Holland,” Telegraaf newspaper reported on a telephone conversation with him. “I am fine, but my legs hurt a lot,” the boy told a reporter on the mobile phone of one of his doctors.

“I am in a hospital,” Ruben said. “I don’t know how I got here, I don’t know anything more. I really want to go home.”

The Dutch newspaper Brabants Dagblad said Ruben had been on safari in South Africa with his mother Trudy, 41, father Patrick, 40, and brother Enzo.

The boy’s grandmother, An van de Sande, said in a report on Thursday that the holiday had been to celebrate the couple’s “copper” wedding anniversary.

A Libyan official said on Saturday that an “elderly” security agent died of shock on the day of the disaster when he saw the bodies at the crash site.

“He was a diabetic. He ran towards the scene but at the sight of the bodies his blood sugar levels soared and he died on the spot,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.

Investigators have said no technical problems were reported by the pilot before the jet crashed on Wednesday.

“The pilot did not report any problems. Until the very last moment things were normal between the pilot and the control tower,” Neji Dhaou, the head of the Libyan commission of inquiry, said on Friday.

Paying tribute to the captain, Yussef Beshir Assaidi, Afriqiyah Airways called him widely experienced and “among the company’s best” pilots.

Officials said 70 Dutch citizens were among the 103 people killed, although Afriqiyah Airways said there were 67 Dutch on board, including Ruben.

The airline said Flight 771 was also carrying 13 South Africans, 13 Libyans including the 11 crew, as well as four Belgians, two Austrians, one Briton, a French citizen, a German and a Zimbabwean.


Source: SGGP

Vietnamese flag flies high over Arc de Triomphe

In Uncategorized on May 9, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Vietnamese flag flies high over Arc de Triomphe

QĐND – Sunday, May 09, 2010, 22:2 (GMT+7)

The Vietnamese President, Nguyen Minh Triet, was invited by Russian President Medvedev to attend a ceremony at Red Square, Moscow, to mark the 65th anniversary of the Victory over Fascism on May 9.

This is the second time a Vietnamese Head of State has participated in the ceremony. 15 years ago, President Le Duc Anh joined in the celebration in Paris, France.

On May 8, 1995 Vietnamese journalists in Paris were moved to tears watching the national flag being carried through the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs-Elysees by the Military Attaché of the Vietnamese Embassy in France, Tran Viet Trung. A minute earlier, another flag had been raised by two French men to fly with the flags of 80 other nations.

Right after World War II broke out, the Indochinese Communist Party, the Viet Minh Front and Vietnamese revolutionaries announced that they stood by the Allied forces in the fight against Fascism. However, it wasn’t until 50 years after their victory that the Vietnamese flag could be flown over the Arc de Triomphe in a solemn ceremony to mark the country’s development in the international arena.

At the meeting with Vietnamese President Le Duc Anh, both France’s out-going President Mitterrand and newly elected President Jacques Chirac extolled Vietnam and confirmed that France wanted to further develop its close ties with the country.

After the ceremony, President Anh paid a visit to Montreuil, where the belongings of the late President Ho Chi Minh are preserved. He also visited the Overseas Vietnamese in the port city of Marseille.

Although it was not an official visit, the Vietnamese Head of State was welcomed with highest honours.

French friends and Overseas Vietnamese were deeply moved when hearing former President Anh say that Vietnamese people in France work in the best interests of both their homeland and their adopted country.

After returning to Vietnam in late May, 1995 President Le Duc Anh visited Pac Po grotto in northern Cao Bang province, which late President Ho Chi Minh chose as the first place to stay after 30 years of traveling around the globe to find a way to save the country.

At this place, late President Ho Chi Minh chaired the 8th conference of the Party Central Committee decided to establish the Viet Minh Front- one of the landmarks in the Vietnamese revolution.

He also wrote articles for the Viet Lap newspaper, showing his support for the Soviet Union’s Red Army and the Allied Forces movement against Fascism. Even when tens of Fascist divisions attacked to the Soviet Union and the Red Army then had to temporarily retreat, the late President still predicted the inevitable defeat of Fascism and the glorious victory of the Soviet Union.

Source: VOV

Source: QDND

Japan’s ANA flies to HCM City daily

In Uncategorized on March 28, 2010 at 9:07 am

(AFP files) All Nippon Airways jetliner takes off from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has started its daily service between Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam as the Japanese carrier on Sunday increased the number of flights to seven per week from five.

While much of the world has been dealing with hard economic times, the growth of the Vietnamese economy during the same time has been nothing short of astonishing, ANA said in an announcement dated Mar. 21.

The carrier said it had predicted that not only the flow of passengers from Japan and the United States to Vietnam would increase but that the amount of cargo flowing into Vietnam from these countries would increase as well.

“We therefore decided to increase the number of flights along this route.”

In 2001, ANA launched its direct Ho Chi Minh City-Tokyo route with two weekly flights. The frequency was then increased to five and now seven.

ANA said in a statement issued Jan. 27 this year in Tokyo that it would promote its international flights as the “pillar” of its growth in fiscal 2010 by capitalizing on the “biggest business opportunity’” to be created by the expansion of two core airports in the Tokyo metropolitan area.

Looking ahead, ANA said in the statement, “The environment remains challenging, and the airline sector continues to face difficult times.”

On Mar. 19, ANA warned in another statement of a deeper net loss for the year to March but vowed to soon surpass its ailing rival Japan Airlines to become Asia’s largest airline.

ANA said its net loss would more than double to 65 billion yen (719 million dollars) from its earlier estimate of 28 billion yen for the financial year, due to weak demand for both its domestic and international flights.

The company also downgraded its revenue forecast for the year to 1.22 trillion yen from the 1.26 trillion yen projected earlier and its operating loss to 61 billion yen from 20 billion yen.

“Recovery was weaker than expected while competition among our rivals was more severe than we had originally thought” both at home and overseas, ANA said in the statement.

“ANA will build up our growth on a more global stage to reach our goal of becoming number one in Asia,” the company said.

Source: SGGP

VN national flag carrier flies high

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2008 at 3:48 pm

HA NOI — President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines Pham Ngoc Minh said the air carrier would continue to expand and modernise its fleet, adopt the latest techniques and improve to become a prestigious carrier that embodies Viet Nam’s national identity.

Vienam Airlines, the national flag carrier of the second most populous country in Southeast Asia, now has 49 modern aircraft, including many Boeing B777s and Airbus A330, 321 and 320 craft.

The carrier expects to expand its modern fleet to 104 and 150 aircraft by 2015 and 2020 respectively.

In the face of current economic crunch, Minh confirmed that: “Purchase of new aircraft is still on course. We will start taking delivery of our new B787s in 2013, A350s in 2015, and A321s in 2012.” In late 2007, Vietnam Airlines signed three big purchase contracts for 29 new-age planes with Boeing and Airbus.

“Operating a young and modern fleet, we offer non-stop flights from Western Europe and Australia to Viet Nam, as well as best-choice connections around Indochina with leading frequency and convenient schedules of 17 flights each day,” said Minh.

“We deliver high quality services and assure passengers’ safety and comfort for every flight.”

Vietnam Airlines aims to become a substantial and efficient economic group, pioneering in international integration, playing the key role in national air transportation and contributing to the political stability and socio-economic development of the country. Minh said the carrier would do its best to become one of the top three airlines in the ASEAN bloc by 2015, helping to make Viet Nam a gateway to the South East Asia region.

Minh said that despite the current economic hardship, the airline still believes in its great potential for development as well as for the general growth of the local aviation sector. Rising prices, especially for oil, have hit all airlines around the world.

“Thanks to immediate and appropriate measures, we have been quite successful in minimising the effect,” said Minh. “We see this difficult time as offering both challenges and opportunities.”

Vietnam has emerged as the safest and most attractive destination for tourism and investment in Asia Pacific region, according to Vietnam Airlines. In addition, the air travel by Vietnamese has spectacularly increased due to rising incomes.

In Viet Nam, the annual growth rate of the aviation market is about 15 per cent, nearly double the national GDP growth rate.

To possibly enhance its competitive edge in the face of harsh competition with other local and international carriers, Vietnam Airlines has mapped out development strategies.

“With appropriate strategies, Vietnam Airlines believes that we are fully able to further grow and become a regional carrier of choice,” said Minh.

One of the first steps in its development strategies was to renew the Vietnam Airlines brand with a new logo, the “Golden Lotus” in October 2002.

The lotus is a special flower in Viet Nam, which is very common in daily life while having noble connotations. In Buddhist ideology, the lotus is a symbol of beauty and enlightenment.

Vietnam Airlines today co-operates with prestigious international advertising agencies and media groups to further promote the image of Viet Nam as well as the Vietnam Airlines brand globally.

In 2006, the national carrier received an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and became an official member of the International Air Transportation Association (IATA).

The airline is now serving 36 international routes and 25 domestic routes. To satisfy the rising demand, it will further expand both international and domestic markets through increasing frequencies and opening new routes.

It will increase the frequency of flights from Ha Noi/HCM City to Paris to up to 10 flights per week, and up to 7 flights per week for flights to Frankfurt and Moscow.

In addition, the airlines plans to open new routes, including HCM City–Los Angeles and Ha Noi/HCM City to one new destination in Europe (tentatively Prague or London), as well as Ha Noi/HCM City– Shanghai/ Beijing, HCM City–Mumbay and HCM City-Brisbane among others.

In the domestic market, the airlines plans to open around 10 new routes with Ha Noi and HCM City still being the main hubs. —