Hung Yen longan (Source: http://nhanlonghungyen.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will work with the northern province of Hung Yen to supply the locality’s specialty product – Hung Yen longan – in its flights under an agreement recently reached between the two sides.

Hung Yen fresh longan fruit will be served to business-class passengers on Vietnam Airlines’  70 domestic and international flights departing from Hanoi and HCM City to destinations in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Hung Yen province is a large longan farming hub in northern Vietnam with more than 3,800ha of longan at harvest time. Hung Yen longan is known for its thick pulp and sweet taste.

Longan served on Vietnam Airlines’ flights is cultivated in line with Good Agriculture Practice (VietGAP).

This dessert fruit, which undergo several food safety tests, will be available on flights for one month, from August 15 to September 15.

Le Hong Ha, Vietnam Airlines Deputy General Director, said as the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines has promoted the “Vietnamese use Vietnamese goods” campaign, prioritising Vietnamese goods.

Apart from improving service quality and diversifying the food experience, Ha said serving longan on flights would promote Vietnamese agricultural products to the world, helping solve marketing problems for farmers.

In June, Vietnam Airlines also included fresh litchi of Bac Giang province in the meal service for business class and special economy class on flights departing from Hanoi. 

Hung Yen province is expected to harvest more than 41,000 tonnes of longan this year.-VNA