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Vietnam Airlines Looks to Expand with Cargo Fleet, Retires ATR-42s

In its annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, Vietnam Airlines revealed its plans to sell and retire its sub-fleet of ATR-42 aircraft, in addition to its ambitions on establishing a cargo carrier.  The flag carrier of Vietnam announced its plans to establish a cargo carrier amid a recent surge of Covid-19 cases in the country, according to a report from VnExpress. The proposal was in the cards for years, waiting for the right moment to launch the cargo airline, per Vietnam…

Bamboo Airways Files Intentions to Fly to San Francisco and…

In a recent U.S. Department of Transportation filing, Bamboo Airways announced its intentions to fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning in the third quarter of 2021 amid earlier reports of the airline's plans to launch flights to San Francisco. In April, AirlineGeeks reported…

Bamboo Airways Eyes Flights to U.S.

Amid reports of Vietnam Airlines' plans to launch flights to the United States, Bamboo Airways Chairman Trinh Van Quyet expressed his interest in routes to the U.S., according to Reuters. The news stems from the Vietnamese carrier's plans to launch an initial public offering in the U.S., raising up to…

Vietnam Airlines Plans Launch of Flights to the U.S.

On Wednesday, Vietnam Airlines' Board of Directors approved a plan to initiate direct services to the United States. Under the plan, the Vietnamese-flag carrier will commence flights in two phases. Launching Flights to the United States Firstly, Vietnam Airlines will apply to the United States Department of Transportation for further…

Vietravel Airlines Commences Commercial Operations

According to a 2020 report by the Airports Council International, Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing aviation sectors worldwide. Vietnam's aviation industry has seen many new entrants in recent years, including notable upstart Bamboo Airways.  The nation, however, got a new player on Monday, as Vietravel Airlines commenced commercial operations…

Long Thanh International Airport to Break Ground Next Week

The aviation industry in Vietnam is growing fast. With new startups in Vietnam like Vietravel Airlines, Bamboo Airlines, and VietJet Airlines emerging, airports in Vietnam can handle limited passengers. For example, Ho Chi Minh City's main airport, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, is designed to handle 25 million passengers. However,…

UPS Airlines Announces First Flights to Vietnam

Earlier this week, UPS Airlines announced its first-ever flights to Vietnam. The first flight, UPS flight number 146, arrived on September 15, 2020 at Ho Chi Minh City’s Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport and was operated with one of the shipping giant’s Boeing 767-34AF freighters. UPS Airlines' new route to…

Vietnam Airlines Expects $655 Million Yearly Loss

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Vietnam Airlines posted a $284 million loss in the first half of 2020 and expects its loss could reach $655 million by the end of the year. The airline recorded a remarkable year in 2019 and earned $4.3 billion. Vietnam has prevented the…

Proposed Vietnamese Airline Scrapped Months Before Launch

Vinpearl Air, a proposed Vietnamese airline set to launch in summer 2020, is being scrapped. Its would-be owner, Vingroup JSC, plans instead to focus on technology and manufacturing businesses, including developing electric vehicles (EVs). Plans for Vinpearl Air were announced last year. In Aug. 2019, Vingroup said the carrier had…

VietJet Air Confirms New Aircraft Amid Third Quarter Success

Vietnam's low-cost carrier, VietJet Air, has announced its third-quarter financial statement, revealing air transport revenues and profit before taxes were VDN 10,415 billion ($448 million USD) and VDN 1,310 billion ($56 million USD), respectively. The figures showed an increase of 17 percent year-on-year with average load factors around 88 percent.…