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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:36 PM   #1
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Vietnam Aviation News

Direct flights to Frankfurt to open ahead of schedule
VNECONOMY updated: 01/06/2005

The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, will officially open its direct flights to Frankfurt, Germany, on June 20, nearly six months ahead of schedule amid the increasing number of passengers from Germany to Viet Nam, an airline official has said.

Pham Ngoc Minh, Deputy General Director of the Vietnam Airlines Corporation, said that German visitors to Viet Nam numbered 70,000 in 2004, an increase of around 70 percent from the previous year.

According to Minh, every week, Vietnam Airlines will initially offer two flights from Ha Noi and one flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Frankfurt and visa versa. So far, all seats on these flights to be in June and July have been booked.

The direct flights will save passengers around five hours in comparison with the existing flights, which require a transit in Russia, Minh added.

Currently, Vietnam Airlines is negotiating with German air carrier Lufthansa to provide code sharing service on the Germany-Vietnam route, scheduled to begin in winter this year.

Minh also revealed that the Viet Nam Civil Aviation Administration is negotiating to open direct flights to the US. It is also in negotiations with Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan for permission to stop-over in one of their airports before flying to the US, he added.

Source: Vietnam Agency
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Gov’t gives go-ahead for purchase of new Boeing jets
Vietnam’s Prime Minister has approved the purchase of four Boeing 7E7 Dreamliner jets and asked local aviation authorities to further negotiate the deal, local newswire VietnamNet reported Thursday.

The decision was made after discussions between the Cabinet and Vietnam Airlines Corporation, which runs the national flag carrier, VietnamNet said.

Vietnam is expected to ink the contract during the prime minister’s upcoming visit to the U.S. in June.

The PM, thus, urged Vietnam Airlines to further negotiate with Boeing over the contract details.

The wide-body jetliners are scheduled for delivery to Vietnam’s national flag carrier in 2010 as part of Vietnam Airlines’ plan to expand its international traffic.

In late December 2004, Vietnam Airlines signed a contract with leading aircraft maker Airbus to buy 10 narrow-body A321 aircrafts as part of its aircraft fleet expansion program.

by thanhniennwes.com
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Boeing, Microsoft support aviation training
Boeing, Microsoft and Vietnam Airlines have donated laptops to universities in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to support their training of human resources for Vietnam's aviation industry, company official said.

The recipients were the Hanoi University of Technology, the Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology and the American Pacific University in Ho Chi Minh City.

Earlier this year, Boeing granted US$1 million for the construction of the Tan Thong Hoi primary school in Ho Chi Minh City's outlying district of Cu Chi.

Anticipating long-term cooperation with Vietnam, Boeing has been supporting training programs to develop the Vietnamese aviation sector.

by thanhniennews.com
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 06:34 PM   #2
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Vietnam Airlines goes for A380?

Hopefully...as a vna speaker said if Vietnam Airlines makes non-stop flights to the USA....just big aircrafts such as A380 and B747 can serve on these flights.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 06:49 PM   #3
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i dont think Vietnam is curretly afford to buy such big airplane though....can Tân Sơn Nhất airport infrastructure big enough for that giant jumbo? ....it would be nice to get one sơon however.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 07:11 PM   #4
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B777 in VNA's fleet has the same range as B747,enough to serve VN-US non-stop flights.

That's the reason why Lufthansa has changed the final destination to Munchen.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 01:36 AM   #5
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Munchen = Munich?

Anyway there isn't any plan yet for Vietnam Airlines to purchase A380 due to the the lack of need and the lack of support infrastructure (ie. airport).

How is the construction of the new terminal of TSN? Will I go through the new one when I visit Vietnam in 2 years?
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 04:32 AM   #6
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>>>>>TSN new terminal<<<<<

<== this is how TSN airport will look like in the upcoming furute.

TAN SON NHAT AIRPORT'S NEW TERMINAL( CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION, will be completed towards the end of 2006, it will be having all global standard facilities,... 'n is located right next to the existent old terminal...the old int'l terminal will be used for domestic traveling as well!...it's expected to be capable in competing against other int'l airports in the region.)

Facts about the new terminal:
. 3 stories, 92.920m2
. a spacious parking lot in front of the airport, which covers 30.000m2
. automatic ticket booths
. relaxing lounges or waiting halls, as well as restaurants, and free-duty stores, etc.
. 10 carousels
. 8 pairs of tunnels, which will link the terminal gate to the plane
. 8 systems of walking conveyer
. 20 escalators
. 18 elevators
. 24/24 info booth, as well as flight schedule board
. full-served security service
.......

NJOI!

p/s: by the way, the construction of the emblem of HCMC ,on the entrance way to the TSN int'l airport, has been started in the recent months . The construction is expected to be completed before the NATIONAL INDEPENDENT DAY, WHICH IS THE SECOND OF SEPTEMBER this year.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 04:56 AM   #7
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another angle of the new terminal

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Old June 5th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #8
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all VNA fleet

B777-200ER (10)
VN-A141 leased (ILFC) ->ACTIVE
VN-A142 leased (ILFC) ->ACTIVE
VN-A143 ->ACTIVE
VN-A144 ->ACTIVE
VN-A145 ->ACTIVE
VN-A146 ->ACTIVE
VN-A147 5 years lease (Ex Aeroflot VP-BAS) ->ACTIVE
VN-A148 5 years lease (Ex Aeroflot VP-BAU) ->ON ORDER
VN-A149 ->ON ORDER
VN-A150 8 years lease ->ON ORDER

B767-300ER (4)
VN-A763 3 years lease (ILFC) ->ACTIVE
VN-A765 ->ACTIVE
VN-A769 ->ACTIVE (Ex Air Europe)
PH-AHY leased from Belgium Exel->ACTIVE
remark:All VNA B767 fleet to be remplaced soon by B787

A321 (17)
VN-A341 ->ACTIVE
VN-A342 ->ACTIVE
VN-A343 -STORED) TO ENTER IN SERVICE
VN-A344 ->ACTIVE
VN-A345 ->ACTIVE
VN-A347 ->ACTIVE
VN-A349 ->ACTIVE
VN-A350 ->ON ORDER
VN-A351 ->ON ORDER
VN-A352 ->ON ORDER
VN-A353 ->ON ORDER
VN-A354 ->ON ORDER
VN-A355 ->ON ORDER
VN-A356 ->ON ORDER
VN-A357 ->ON ORDER
VN-A358 ->ON ORDER
VN-A359 ->ON ORDER

A320 (10) all active leased???
S7-ASA
S7-ASB
S7-ASC
S7-ASD
S7-ASE
S7-ASF
S7-ASG
S7-ASH
S7-ASI
S7-ASJ

ATR-72 (9) all active
VN-B202
VN-B204
VN-B208
VN-B206
VN-B248
VN-B246
VN-B210
VN-B212
VN-B214

Fokker-70 all active
VN-A502
VN-A504 remark:the last fokker ever build

B787 4 ON ORDER
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Old June 7th, 2005, 07:21 PM   #9
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I think Noi Bai, Tan Son Nhat and Long Thanh were able to receive the A380 in the near future. Oh...the Chu Lai Airport, too. They were stupid when they expand the NBA/TSN and build the new huge Long Thanh Airport (for 80-100mio passangers a year!!!)without a possibllity for using the A380. Vietnam will still have a tourism and economy boom in 5 years.

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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:06 PM   #10
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hey guys, it's me again. I just flew on a VietnamAirlines plane to Cam ranh, and there took a taxi to Nha Trang. Anyways, I went on a small plane, with propellers instead of jets. Quite a ride, seeing as how I have never been on a plane so small! Someone threw up on the plane right in the middle aisle. GROSS!

The stewardesses were beautiful.

Nha Trang is a beautiful place. I will be here for a few days and then going to Hanoi and then to check out the magical Halong Bay. I will be back in HCMC around the 16th.
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Old June 9th, 2005, 06:15 PM   #11
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Sounds like you have a lot of funs..

How are the pictures so far? hahaha
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Old June 10th, 2005, 12:12 AM   #12
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lucky u... enjoy Nha Trang, and go have a drink at the rainbow divers bar, this is where i spent most of my nights in Nha Trang back in 2001!
enjoy!
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Old June 21st, 2005, 07:10 PM   #13
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Boeing, Vietnam Airlines Complete Boeing 787 Dreamliner Purchase Agreement

WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA - News) and Vietnam Airlines today signed the firm agreement for the purchase of four Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners by the national airline of Socialist Republic of Vietnam. The signing ceremony, held at the Department of Commerce, included Vietnam Airlines President and CEO Nguyen Xuan Hien and Alan Mulally, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
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The event was witnessed by Vietnam Prime Minister Phan Van Khai and U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez.

Vietnam Airlines plans for the 787 to be its future mid-sized, twin-aisle jetliner. The new airplanes, which are valued at $500 million at list prices, are scheduled for delivery in 2009 and 2010. The agreement also includes purchase rights for 11 additional airplanes in the 2010 - 2013 time frame.

Vietnam Airlines became the eighth announced customer and a member of the launch team for the 787 in December 2004. Customer announced orders and commitments for the 787 now total 252 airplanes, including 128 under firm contract.

"This is another great step as Boeing and Vietnam Airlines continue to build our strong, long-term working together relationship," said Mulally. "The competitive advantages of the 787 Dreamliner will help Vietnam Airlines continue its incredible growth and the development of its global route structure."

Vietnam Airlines plans to use the 787-8 to expand its route system and to replace some existing airplanes. The airline has not made an engine selection.

"We are looking forward to operating the 787 Dreamliner," said Nguyen. "The superior efficiency of the 787 will allow Vietnam Airlines to further develop our route structure to include city pairs that would otherwise not be financially viable, while providing the best comfort to our passengers."

Boeing jetliners comprise Vietnam Airlines' entire long-range fleet. The carrier operates seven 777-200ERs and three 767-300ERs. Four of the 777s have been purchased directly from Boeing; the remaining 777s and the 767s are leased.

Vietnam Airlines has a significant international route system, connecting Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to major world cities including Moscow, Paris, Beijing, Sydney and Melbourne, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Taipei, Manila and many others.

The 787-8 Dreamliner will carry around 223 passengers in a tri-class configuration on routes of 8,500 nautical miles (15,700 kilometers). The airplane will use 20 percent less fuel for comparable missions than any similarly sized airplane and will also travel at speeds similar to today's fastest wide bodies, Mach 0.85.

General Electric and Rolls-Royce are developing the engines for the new airplane, which will feature a standardized engine interface, allowing either manufacturer's engines to be installed at any time on the airplane. The new engines are expected to contribute as much as eight percent of the increased efficiency of the new airplane.

Source: Boeing Co.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 04:35 PM   #14
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Fastest growing airline in Asia
"Vietnam Airlines is the fastest growing airline in Asia", according to EADS Test & Services upon signing a 3.5 million euro contract to provide the airline with an ATEC Series 6 test bench for the maintenance of their Airbus A320, A321 and Boeing 777 fleets.

The handover of the test station will be completed by the end of the year and installed at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport. The system will provide the airline with maintenance capabilities in line with its expansion strategy. It plans to increase the number aircrafts to 49 by the end of the year and to 75 by 2010.

(Boeing Co, VOV)
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Old July 5th, 2005, 10:01 AM   #15
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wow..i never knew vietnam had an airline
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Old July 5th, 2005, 03:51 PM   #16
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It has 3 airlines: Vasco,Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines.

Why don't you spend your summertime in Vietnam,to discover more things that you haven't known?
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Old July 6th, 2005, 02:14 AM   #17
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so is vietnam better than cambodia?
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Old July 6th, 2005, 02:24 AM   #18
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so is vietnam better than cambodia?
what do you mean better? in regards to aviation? I have no clue.

But who is the girl in your avatar?
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Cambodia has more airliners than Vietnam but most are small,private companies.
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ooo ok..~ thats me in my avatar
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