Vietnam Airlines has transported 150,000 masks to the United States


Vietnam’s flag carrier helped ship 150,000 surgical masks to the United States. Vietnam Airlines (VNA) worked alongside its Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide free transportation of the large number of masks to the United States.

The New York Mayor’s office received a large quantity of surgical masks from VNA. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Flight VN01 traveled from Hanoi to Washington, DC in the United States.

The masks were then donated to the New York Mayor’s office by Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Vietnam’s permanent representative to the United Nations.

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150,000 masks in the United States

As the United States has the highest number of coronavirus cases and deaths, the demand for masks has undeniably increased. Currently, there are nearly four million cases in America and more than 143,000 deaths from the virus.

The People’s Committee of Hanoi and the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh initiated the gesture. The New York mayor’s office finally received the face masks.

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The initiative aims to help the United States fight against COVID-19. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

In a statement sent to Simple Flying, the act was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations, Hanoi and New York in particular. The formal agreement of bilateral relations between the countries began on July 11, 1995.

Vietnam gives generously

The United States is not the only state to receive aid from Vietnam.

Vietnam has controlled its coronavirus situation well. To date, the nation has not reported any deaths. According to Reuters, Vietnam has been locally coronavirus-free for more than three months. There are, however, 12 new imported cases in the state.

Vietnam Airlines has transported 150,000 masks to the United States
VietJet has helped deliver face masks to the UK. Photo: Getty Images

Seeing that Vietnam is doing well, the state decided to help other countries struggling to survive. Back in April, Vietnam donated 150,000 masks in Russia. Masks made in Vietnam were also sent to Russia to commemorate 70 years of bilateral relations.

In early July, low-cost airline VietJet Air sent 135,000 antimicrobial masks to the UK, Vietnam More reported. A total of 500,000 masks are to be distributed to localities in the UK and Ireland.

Repatriations from the United States in progress

While flights are scarce due to travel restrictions, Vietnam Airlines continues to work hard to bring citizens home. It began transporting Vietnamese citizens from the United States in May. This flight also marked VNA’s first flight to the United States.

On June 9, another repatriation flight took place. VNA flew more than 340 Vietnamese passengers to Hanoi from San Francisco, with a stopover in Alaska. A Boeing 787-10 flew VN1 and logged 33 flight hours. The passengers were seniors, citizens under the age of 18, and international students with no means of accommodation in the United States.

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All Vietnamese citizens brought home will be required to complete mandatory quarantine upon arrival in Vietnam. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

Similarly, a repatriation flight brought 346 Vietnamese home on July 10. The trip began in Washington DC and was VNA’s fourth repatriation flight from the United States.

According to vietnam express, there are three to five more such flights that Vietnam Airlines hopes to operate in July and August. At the same time, VNA operates repatriation flights to other states such as Taiwan and France.

VNA is looking for funds

Although Vietnam itself is doing well, that doesn’t mean its aviation industry is immune to the effects of the virus.

With international flights suspended for months, VNA’s revenue suffered a 50% drop from a year earlier. Vietnam More reported that the carrier may experience “a cash crunch starting in September and a $2.16 billion drop in revenue this year.”

Recently, Simple Flying reported that Vietnam Airline is awaiting a government bailout of $518 million. As of now, there is no news if the carrier has secured the funds.

What do you think of VNA’s gesture for the United States? Are masks in high demand where you live? Let us know in the comments.


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