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New airline to take to skies

Released at: 14:30, 23/07/2019

New airline to take to skies

The Embraer Legacy 600 aircraft (Photo: Embraer S.A.)

Vietstar Airlines the sixth carrier licensed in Vietnam.

by Jessica Nguyen

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) has issued an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to the Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation (Vietstar Airlines), which will fly Embraer Legacy 600 and Beechcraft King Air B300 aircraft.

From Brazil, the Embraer Legacy 600 competes on the upper end of the small to mid-sized range of business jets and is considered a “Super Midsize”. It will be transformed into a modern business jet by Vietstar, fitted with VIP seats and furniture and with a flying range of up to eight hours. Vietstar Airlines will sign a contract to provide VIP flight services to individuals, organizations, and businesses inside and outside of the country.

The Beechcraft Super King Air B300, meanwhile, is a twin-turboprop aircraft equipped with modern, high-speed propellers and fitted with eight seats. Vietstar Airlines is also looking to purchase additional Legacy 650 aircraft for its future operations.

The Legacy's interior / Photo: Embraer S.A.  

In addition to general flights, Vietstar Airlines and other businesses within the Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation will also provide maintenance services for commercial aircraft and domestic or international medical services (Medivac). It will actively prepare airport infrastructure projects at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, and Da Nang International Airport. These projects are all in line with the government’s policy of socializing investment in airport infrastructure.

The Vietstar Airlines Multirole Corporation was established by three major shareholders: the Aircraft Repair Company A41 (of the Vietnam People’s Air Force), the Vietstar Aviation JSC, and the Tin Thanh Express JSC.

This is the first airline in Vietnam that is a joint venture between private companies and the national military. The corporation’s goal is to provide passenger and cargo transport within Vietnam, in particular air taxi services for customers with sudden demand. It will also cater to defense requirements, such as military transport and exploration and survey flights.

Other services related to the general aviation industry include maintenance, repair, ground services (both passenger and terminal), cargo services, charter freight, aircraft leasing brokerage, and freight equipment leasing, etc.

There are now six licensed airlines in the domestic aviation market: Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific, Vasco, Bamboo Airways, and Vietstar Airlines.

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