Europe and Vietnam strengthen tourism relationship


first_imgSource = ETB Travel News – Peter Gollagher Book and Fly Vietnam Airlines here Europe and Vietnam strengthen tourism relationshipIt has been a busy week for the tourism relationship between Europe and Vietnam after the delivery of new aircrafts to Vietnam Airlines and a lift on visa requirements for some European citizens to Vietnam.Vietnam Airlines has become just the second airline in the world to fly Airbus’ latest NextGen aircraft the A350 XWB.The aircraft aims to bring a new level of comfort to long haul travel with wider seats and new in-flight entertainment systems.The first aircraft has been leased from AerCap, with a total of 14 ordered, 10 from Airbus and four from lessors.The handover ceremony occurred on Tuesday morning (European time) at Airbus’s Headquarters in Toulouse, France.Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Vietnam Airlines executive vice president for commercial said in a statement “We are proud to be the second airline in the world to receive the A350 XWB aircraft which is a step forward that helps us to fulfill our commitment to ‘reach further’.”The aircraft is expected to begin servicing the Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh route by the end of the week.In time this will be extended to meet demand in Europe with the Hanoi-Paris and Ho Chi Minh-Paris routes.Vietnam Airlines has also ordered 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to further promote travel between Europe and Vietnam.The handover comes after the Vietnamese government lifted visa requirements to citizens of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom for the period of 1 July 2015 until 30 June 2016.This is in addition to the unilaterally exemption visas for citizens of Belarus, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.last_img