Former Deputy Prime Minister Truong Vinh Trong waved from VietjetAir’s first commercial flight after the plane made landed at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi. Celebrating the airline launch were also Mr Nguyen Van Tuan, General Bureau Chief of Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (left, holding sign) and Ms Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, General Director of VietJet Air (right, holding sign).
- VietJet Air is a new low-cost start-up in the Vietnamese market, following a series of setbacks that pushed back the official launch by four years. Unlike Jetstar Pacific, which is a local Qantas/Jetstar joint-venture, VietJet Air is fully Vietnamese-owned. On 25 December, the airline launched its first service, linking Hanoi (HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN). The route will be served with a thrice-daily frequency using a leased A320 aircraft. VietJet Air will face competition from all Vietnamese carriers – Vietnam Airlines offers 17 weekly flights, followed by Jetstar Pacific with ten flights a week and the regional Air Mekong providing four weekly frequencies.