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Hanoi (VNA) - The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has marked five years since the direct route between Vietnam and the UK was launched at a ceremony in London.

The ceremony on December 9 was attended by Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Van Cong, Minister Counsellor at the Vietnamese Embassy in the UK Do Hoang Minh, Chairman of the Vietnam-UK Network Ben Chapman and representatives of the airline’s partners.

Le Thanh Dung, chief representative of Vietnam Airlines in the UK, said the carrier had grown rapidly over the past five years and is currently operating daily flights to London using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Its first flight to the UK landed at Gatwick Airport on November 9, 2011 before airline’s operations were moved to Heathrow in 2015.

On December 1, 2015, Vietnam Airlines began using the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its UK flights, becoming the first carrier in Southeast Asia to fly directly to Europe on this new type of aircraft.

Vietnam Airlines has increased the frequency of flights from four to five or six a week and now has daily flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, and London, helping to facilitate trade, cultural exchanges and tourism between the two countries.-VNA