Vietnam Airlines’ maiden flight lands in Phuket, Thailand

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At 11 a.m. yesterday, Vietnam Airlines’ inaugural flight from Ho Chih Minh City landed at Phuket International Airport with 161 tourists on board.

Passengers on flight VN9625 were warmly welcomed by Phuket Airport Manager Monchai Tanod and Phuket Airport Business Helpline Deputy Manager Kanyarat Suthipatanakit.

As the Thai monsoon season was in full swing, all passengers received a waterproof bag as a welcome gift to the island when they disembarked the plane. Tourists will join the activities organized by the tourist office of the Phuket Thai Office during their stay.

The direct route between Ho Chih Minh’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Phuket International Airport will operate once a week on Thursdays. Flying over 962 kilometers above the Gulf of Thailand, the flight time is only 1 hour and 27 minutes.

The new direct route from Vietnam’s largest city to Phuket is expected to boost tourism between Thailand and Vietnam.

Tickets on the itinerary are not yet available for purchase via Vietnam Airlines websitewhich should be updated soon.

On the same day as the Vietnamese flag carrier’s maiden flight to Phuket, auditing firm Deloitte Vietnam released a document questioning the airline’s ability to continue flying.

In the performance report, Deloitte said Vietnam Airlines’ short-term debt exceeds its short-term assets by 36.4 trillion Vietnamese dollars ($1.53 billion).

The airline also recently entered negotiations to cancel its purchase of four Boeing B787s and Airbus A320s.

THE SOURCE: Khao Sod

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