A special welcome ceremony held for Flight VN36 from Frankfurt at Noi Bai airport in Hanoi on January 1 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines served the first foreign customers in 2019 who came to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on January 1.

The first group of foreign visitors arrived at Noi Bai airport in the capital at 6:45 am on Flight VN36 from Frankfurt (Germany) and later, at 7:35 am, another group arrived at Tan Son Nhat airport in the southern hub on Flight VN30, also from Frankfurt.

They arrived to warm welcome ceremonies hosted by leading officials of the two cities and representatives of the airline who described this as ushering in a new year full of bright prospects for the tourism and aviation industries of the two cities in particular and the whole country in general.

Speaking at the Hanoi ceremony, Deputy ECO of the Vietnam Airlines Trinh Ngoc Thanh said the carrier is proud to serve as a bridge connecting Vietnam and the rest of the world, as well as an “ambassador” of Vietnam’s tourism that helps popularize the country’s image to foreign friends. He also pledged better services to customers through the implementation of the airline’s long-term investment strategy and development.

Currently, Vietnam Airlines is operating 54 direct routes connecting Vietnam and 29 destinations in Europe, Australia, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia. For this year, it will explore the possibility of opening new routes to other destinations in Asia such as Ho Chi Minh City – Beijing, Da Nang – Busan (Republic of Korea), and Da Nang – Singapore. At the same time, the carrier will also improve the quality of services on a number of international routes by intensifying the utilization of the large-body fleet of Airbus A350 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft.-VNA