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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

First commercial flight from Far East lands at Cam Ranh

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 2:29 pm




First commercial flight from Far East lands at Cam Ranh


QĐND – Thursday, December 16, 2010, 21:3 (GMT+7)

The first commercial flight from Vladivostok city, Russia , by the Russian carrier Vladivostok Air landed at the Cam Ranh international airport in the central province of Khanh Hoa on Dec. 15.


Another flight left Cam Ranh for Vladivostok the same day, marking the launch of a direct air route between the two cities.


The airline said two similar flights will be conducted between another Far East city, Khabarov and Cam Ranh on Dec. 16.


According to Vladivostok Air, 14 flights will be conducted on the two routes from mid-December through to March, with two flights every two weeks in the immediate future. The airline will use TU 240 aircraft on the routes, which target Russian tourists who want to escape from serve winter in the Far East . Khanh Hoa boats the famous resort city of Nha Trang with warm weather and sunny beaches.


Cam Ranh Airport ’s authorities pledged to halve the charges on landing and services for Vladivostok Air in the initial period.


Nearly 10 four and five star hotels and resorts in Nha Trang have also agreed to reduce their prices by between 20-50 percent for Russian tourists flying to Nha Trang on the new routes.


Cam Ranh Airport became an international airport in December 2009 and has recorded an average annual growth rate in passenger numbers of 21 percent, the highest rate in Vietnam.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015

In Uncategorized on November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm




Vietnam to have own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015


QĐND – Saturday, November 27, 2010, 21:42 (GMT+7)

According to the Vietnam Air Traffic Technical Company (ATTECH), Vietnam will have its own fleet for flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2015.


So far, Vietnam’s aviation industry has been trying to fulfill the goal of its own flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment by 2010, said Mr. Trinh Van Hai, ATTECH’s Director.


Vietnam has been preparing, studying and implementing several practices in flight inspection as well as upgrading it to meet the strict requirements by the aviation industry.


Previously, Vietnam had to commission flight inspection from foreign companies. Because Navaids and Surveillance equipment did not meet ICAO’s standards, causing increases in flight inspection fees, USD 800.000 to 1 million each flight.


Flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment have already been carried out at northern airports, it is projected at airports in central and southern regions in the near future.


Vietnam is expected to have its own fleet of flight inspection for Navaids and Surveillance equipment to meet international standards.


Reported by Song Ha/ Photo: vasco.com.vn


Translated by Duy Minh


Source: QDND

Indonesia issues flight warning as volcano spews ash

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 8:42 am

Qatar Airways flight touches down in Hanoi, network expands

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:41 am

Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight

In Uncategorized on October 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm




Turbulence injures 21 on VN Airlines’ Paris flight


QĐND – Thursday, October 21, 2010, 19:32 (GMT+7)

Eighteen passengers and three crew members were injured by severe turbulence on Oct. 20 while on board Vietnam Airlines Flight VN535 from Hanoi to Paris.


The flight operated a Boeing 777-200 aircraft and was carrying 222 passengers and 15 crew members.


Immediately after the incident, the captain and Vietnam Airlines Operation Control Centre requested that local airport authorities be prepared with medical assistance upon landing.


The crew provided first aid and took other necessary measures to all injured passengers while the plane continued its route to Paris, finally landing safely at Charles de Gaulle Airport.


All 21 injured passengers and crew members were taken to the airport clinic for medical evaluation, and nine were later sent to a local hospital for treatment.


As of 8pm October 20, most of the injured had been discharged from the hospital and are expected to recover soon.


A press release from the carrier said that all remaining passengers were safe and unaffected.


The aircraft is currently grounded at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport and will go through further evaluation and maintenance before returning to Vietnam .


Vietnam Airlines is proactively co-operating with local authorities and insurance partners to complete necessary formalities and to provide further assistance to passengers.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

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

State leader praises Vietnam-Soviet aerospace flight

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




State leader praises Vietnam-Soviet aerospace flight


QĐND – Friday, July 23, 2010, 20:40 (GMT+7)


The successful aerospace flight of the “Union-37” spaceship with cosmonauts Pham Tuan and Victor Gorbatko aboard from July 23-31, 1980, became a historical event and the pride of the two nations’ people, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet. 


President Triet delivered the remark while hosting a reception in Hanoi on July 22 for Vietnam’s hero cosmonaut Pham Tuan and Russian hero spaceman Victor Gorbatko on the 30th anniversary of the successful aerospace flight jointly performed by the two nations. 

President Triet said the flight also made a glorious symbol for the 60-year-long traditional friendship, comprehensive cooperation and strategic partnership between Vietnam and the former Soviet Union and the current Russia Federation. 


The image of Pham Tuan and Gorbatko in space is a proud memory for the two cosmonauts themselves and has strengthened the Vietnamese people’s confidence in the everlasting solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, he said. 


President Triet took this occasion to thank the people of the former Soviet Union and the current Russian Federation for their valuable support and assistance to the Vietnamese people during their past struggle for national independence and the cause of national construction and development at present. 
The Vietnamese people wish that the Russian Federation would further develop and play a more important role in the region and the world, the State leader said. 


Gorbatko recalled his memories about the joint training and flight on the “Union-37” spaceship with Pham Tuan 30 years ago as well as his earlier visits to Vietnam. 


The friendship sentiments between the families of the two cosmonauts in particular and between the two countries’ peoples remain unchanged from 30 years ago, he said. 


On behalf of the Russian cosmonauts’ federation, Gorbatko presented the President with a badge marking 50 years since astronaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in the world to make a flight into space.


Source: VNA/VOV


Source: QDND

Vietnam Airlines cancels Fukuoka-Hanoi flight

In Uncategorized on July 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm




Vietnam Airlines cancels Fukuoka-Hanoi flight


QĐND – Thursday, July 22, 2010, 21:15 (GMT+7)

The national flagship carrier, Vietnam Airlines, on July 20 decided to cancel flight VN963 from Fukuoka in southern Japan to the capital city of Hanoi after detecting technical problems in its Airbus 320.


The problems were found during a technical check-up after the plane had finished a flight from Hanoi to Fukuoka at 8 am on the same day.


The incident affected more than 100 passengers booked on the flight and other Vietnam Airlines’ flights on the same route.


Vietnam Airlines said the firm had immediately provided the passengers with food and accommodation and on July 21 it sent another Airbus 320 to Fukuoka to pick up the stranded passengers.


The firm also said that its engineers managed to repair the out-of-order plane and it will return to Vietnam later.


According to the Vietnam Airlines office in Japan, the carrier is operating 45 Vietnam-Japan flights, including two flights each week on Hanoi-Fukuoka route.


In the first half of this year, Vietnam Airlines carried 140,000 passengers on the Vietnam-Japan route, up 52 percent over the same period last year.


Incidents are rare on the firm’s flights to Japan, a market where Vietnam Airlines has built up its prestige thanks to safety and an exact schedule of flights.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Boeing’s Dreamliner completes first flight outside US

In Uncategorized on July 20, 2010 at 11:27 am

FARNBOROUGH, United Kingdom, July 18, 2010 (AFP) – Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner jet, whose delivery to clients likely faces fresh delay, landed here Sunday after its first flight outside of the United States ahead of a major airshow.


The test plane touched ground at Farnborough airport at 9:08 am (0808 GMT), watched by journalists from around the world, a day before the opening of the Farnborough International Airshow, where aircraft makers are hoping to secure big orders.

Guests exit a Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow, Hampshire, on July 18, 2010. AFP

Dubai’s Emirates airline is expected to announce the order of 30 Boeing long-range 777 aircraft at the trade show, The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday, citing sources.


Boeing will meanwhile also hope to secure more orders for its fuel-efficient Dreamliner, after already agreeing deals to sell 860 of the planes.


“It’s such a nice plane,” Mike Bryan, the pilot who flew the Dreamliner to Britain from the United States told reporters in Farnborough.


“I can’t find a pilot who doesn’t love it. I’m privileged enough to fly it.”


Last week, Boeing said it may be forced to delay the delivery of its first Dreamliner to 2011 from late this year — a date that was already more than two years behind schedule.


The boss of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Jim Albaugh, said on Sunday that he did not believe that any fresh delay would go beyond January.


“While we’re committed to 2010 I think there’s a possibility that the delivery could push over into January,” he told reporters in London.


Boeing is hanging its future on the mid-sized plane — its first new model in more than a decade — which draws on huge advances in aviation technology and is capable of flying long-haul routes with up to 20 percent less fuel.


The fuel efficiency is largely down to the fact that up to half the twin-aisle Dreamliner is made of lightweight composite materials, such as carbon fibre-reinforced resin, according to the company.


Boeing launched the programme in April 2004 and initially had planned to deliver the first plane to Japanese carrier All Nippon Airways in the first half of 2008. The plane can seat up to 330 passengers.


Boeing’s fierce European rival Airbus is meanwhile working on a new long-haul plane of its own — the A350 XWB (Extra Wide Body). Another big project for Airbus is its long-delayed A400M military transport plane.


The head of Airbus parent company EADS, Louis Gallois, said on Sunday that he expected contracts with clients for the A400M to be signed later this year.


“I expect it will be at fall,” Gallois told journalists.


The client countries for the Airbus transporter are France, Germany, Spain, Britain, Belgium, Luxembourg and Turkey.


The seven states, after tense negotiations in the face of production difficulties with the A400M, reached an agreement in March with EADS on sharing out 5.2 billion euros (6.4 billion dollars) in cost over-runs.


The European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company plans to deliver the first A400M to France in early 2013.


Gallois meanwhile added on Sunday that he expected the military plane market to face a tough few years as governments look to slash their defence spending in a bid to reduce massive state deficits.


“We think that we have ahead of us three or four years that will be difficult,” said Gallois.


On the civilian side, any new orders for aircraft at Farnborough — one of aerospace’s biggest events — are likely to be dominated by airlines from emerging economies across Asia and the Middle East where air traffic is growing rapidly.


Boeing and Airbus meanwhile head to the show facing increased competition for their mid-sized civilian jets from smaller manufacturers, such as Brazil’s Embraer and Bombardier of Canada.

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Source: SGGP