Vietnam Airlines launched four times weekly flights from Vinh City to Vientiane in Laos on 12 January. Mr. Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President, Vietnam Airlines was on hand to celebrate the event and was joined for what could be an anna.aero record-breaking ribbon cutting ceremony, before posing with the flight crew for the first ATR 72 flight.
- Vietnam Airlines now serves Vientiane (VTE) in Laos non-stop from three destinations in Vietnam. On 12 January, the airline began four times weekly flights on the 330-kilometre sector from Vinh City (VII) using ATR 72s. The airline already serves Vientiane from Hanoi (with daily flights) and from Ho Chi Minh City (also daily flights), though the latter operates via Phnom Penh in Cambodia.