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VietJet Air launches maiden flight to Taipei (update)

VietJet Air launches maiden flight to Taipei (update)

Hanoi, Dec. 13 (CAN) VietJet Air, a budget airline from Vietnam, launched its maiden flight to Taipei Friday, and the carrier said that the new route received a warm welcome. The first flight to Taipei, which was fully booked, took off from Ho Chi Minh City at 2:30 p.m. Vietnam time and arrived at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 6:55 p.m. local time, carrying a total of 180 passengers. VietJet used an A320 aircraft to serve the new route. The plane was painted with the carrier's logo "VietJet" in English and its slogan "Enjoy Flying" in Vietnamese. With the Christmas season approaching, flight attendants wore special deer horn hair ornaments to celebrate the maiden flight. Many passengers said they were impressed with the service. Among the 180 passengers on the flight was a Vietnamese magician who performed in front of the other passengers and drew applause. On the flight, attendants also handed out gifts to the passengers, exclusively for the maiden flight. After the flight arrived in Taipei, VietJet held a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Its flight attendants danced to boost the atmosphere, while Chinese traditional dragon and lion dances also attracted attention at the airport. Before the first flight took off in Ho Chi Minh City, VietJet Executive President Luu Duc Khanh said he expected the new service to provide more convenience to the 400,000 Vietnamese who live in Taiwan, as well many Taiwanese investors operating in Vietnam. Luu called for the Taiwanese authorities to relax rules in the visa application process for Vietnamese visitors to Taiwan to strengthen tourism exchanges between the two countries. In response, Huang Chih-peng, Taiwan's representative to Vietnam, said that Taipei will come up with measures to simplify the visa application process for Vietnamese visitors. VietJet provides five round-trip flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Taipei every week. The return flight takes off at 8 p.m. Taipei time from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and arrives in Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat Airport at 10:25 p.m., Vietnam time. VietJet said the carrier is planning to launch services between Hanoi, the Vietnamese capital, and Taipei in mid-2015, and additional services between Ho Chi Minh City and Kaohsiung by the end of next year. The budget airline also said it will launch a free flight from Taipei to Ho Chi Minh City March 20 next year, with the return flight scheduled between March 20 and May 20 enjoying a 50 percent discount. Dubbed "Spread the Love," the special flights are aimed at celebrating the increasing ties between the two countries, said Desmond Lin, director of business development of Vietjet. "We hope the route can serve as a bridge between families and friends between both sides and boost bilateral trade and tourism exchanges," Lin said. All Vietnamese and Taiwanese are eligible for the flights as long as they register online from now to Jan. 15 next year, according to the carrier, which will choose qualified passengers based on their life stories. (By Fang Ching-yi, Frances Huang and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-10-25 03:11 GMT+08:00