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Vietnam Airlines celebrates 25 years of Japan flights

Released at: 13:59, 02/07/2019

Vietnam Airlines celebrates 25 years of Japan flights

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Anniversary of aviation links between Vietnam and Japan celebrated in presence of PM.

by Ngoc Lan

Vietnam Airlines celebrated 25 years of flights between Vietnam and Japan on the occasion of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s official visit to Japan for the G20 Summit.

The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation of Vietnam Airlines’ efforts and remarkable achievements over a quarter of a century and the long-lasting, robust developments in the strategic cooperation between Vietnam and Japan. “For the past 25 years, the airline has maintained its status as a modern and safe airline that directly contributes to relations between the two countries,” he said. He also believes that Vietnam will further boost multifaceted cooperation with Japan, including in aviation, in which Vietnam Airlines continues to play a vital role in deepening relations through its fleet and product and service developments.

Mr. Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan and Chairman of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, congratulated Vietnam’s national flag carrier on its 25 years of operating Vietnam - Japan flights during a period when relations have flourished. He added that he hopes to see more developments in relations thanks to Vietnam Airlines’ active contributions.

Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, said Japan has emerged as one of the top 5 leading source markets with the largest number of passengers flying to Vietnam and plays a substantial role in the carrier’s long-term strategy. “Vietnam Airlines has made major investments in new routes and fleet expansion programs by operating new-generation Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 wide-body aircraft on routes to Japan to bolster our service quality,” he added. “We take great pride in what we are doing to further provide unparalleled opportunities for promoting investment, trade, economic, and cultural ties as well as diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan.”

Vietnam Airlines currently runs eleven routes between Vietnam and Japan with an average of nearly 80 flights per week, connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang with major cities in Japan such as Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka. During the 2020-2022 period, it will continue to put more wide-body aircraft into service on these routes and study the feasibility of new routes between the two countries.

2016 marked an important milestone in the economic cooperation between the two countries when Japan’s largest airline group - ANA Holdings - acquired 8.7 per cent of Vietnam Airlines and became its foreign strategic investor. The two sides have actively implemented comprehensive cooperation in many areas such as trade (joint ventures, frequent flyer programs), ground and maintenance services, and training, leveraging each other’s strengths to increase the business performance and efficiency of both carriers.

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