Tan Son Nhat Airport upgrades Wi-Fi speed, plans new parking lot

Tan Son Nhat International Airport, apparently in face saving mode, has launched high-speed Internet services and announced a five-story parking lot which it says can meet the demand of passengers in the next five years.
Tan Son Nhat international airport
Dang Tuan Tu, director of the Ho Chi Minh City-based airport, said it has installed 164 wireless routers, including 108 at the international terminal, and each of them can serve more than 100 users at the same time.
The free services have been available since Monday and the signal has been stable, Tu said, adding that the system can support passenger growth in the next five years.
Inspectors from the Central Aviation Authority of Vietnam early this month said weak Wi-Fi signal is one of many services that the airport needs to improve to serve around 26 million passengers it receives every year.
Tu said the airport is also building a five-story parking lot that is four times the size of the current one. The new facility is expected to be put into use in March.


In response to the aviation inspectors’ criticism that its domestic terminal is often overloaded at the check-in and security screening sections, the airport has relocated the security check area for VietJet Air passengers.
The aviation inspectors also found that the airport toilets are not clean during peak hours. There are not enough signs to help passengers find food courts and restaurants, which do not have many options on the menus and do not serve after 11 p.m.
At the international terminal, exchange currency counters also close after 11 p.m., they found.
The inspectors said the airport is operating above its capacity and it usually does not have enough runways and parking spots for aircraft during rush hours.
Some passengers have also complained about customs officials demanding bribes or having their valuable items stolen from their luggage.
Tan Son Nhat was ranked 8th in the annual list of the worst airports in the world compiled by travel website Sleeping in Airports that was released in October.

Entrance fees at My Son Sanctuary set to increase next year

Visiting My Son Sanctuary in central Vietnam next year? Be prepared to pay more for the experience.
The management of the UNESCO-recognized ancient Hindu temple site has recently announced that it would increase entrance fees by 40-50 percent from January 1.
Accordingly, the fees would go from VND100,000 (US$4.5) to VND150,000 ($6.7) for foreigners, and from VND60,000 to VND100,000 for locals.
Tourist in My Son Quang Nam - the world heritage of Unesco
Huynh Tan Lap, deputy head of My Son’s management board, said the fee hike would be in line with the introduction of some new services, including electric vehicles carrying tourists from Khe The Bridge to the relic site and Cham music performances at the site.
Lap also said that My Son’s relevant facilities such as ticket booths, toilets and the parking lot had been revamped.
Investments into the new services and the facility improvement cost more than VND13 billion ($577,000), said Lap.
My Son, a popular tourist destination with a cluster of 4th century Hindu temples, is some 40 kilometers from Hoi An, an old town and another favorite place in the central province of Quang Nam.

Vietnam Airlines Launches Flights to Vietnam from London

The Historic first commercial flight from Vietnam to United Kingdom touched down just after 6 am this morning, a few minutes ahead of schedule, after a 6,000 mile non-stop flight from Hanoi.

Vietnam Airlines Chief Executive, Pham Ngoc Minh, was personally welcomed to London by Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive of Gatwick Airport, who presided over a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Gatwick's lavishly-refurbished North Terminal.

While guests toasted Vietnam Airlines success, fare-paying passengers checked in for the return flight to Hanoi on board Vietnam Airline's blue and gold liveried Boeing 777-200ER, due to depart at midday for the 11h40m non-stop service.

The new service is now operating four times weekly from Gatwick North Terminal; twice to Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, and twice to the largest commercial centre, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon).

Book your Vietnam Airlines flights to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with Alternative Airlines for secure online booking and great fares, starting from just £660 return, including taxes and charges.

Source : Vietnam Airlines

Vietjet gives away 1.5 million promotional tickets just from VND68,000

To welcome its greatest ever promotion in 2015 named “Fly into an amazing fairy tale with Vietjet," Vietjet is giving away 1.5 million promotional tickets just from VND68,000 for a grab.

VietJet Air clients 

The promotion, applied for all passengers flying with Vietjet on all domestic routes and international routes connecting Seoul, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon from January 5 to October 31, 2016 (excluding public holidays), runs from December 15 to December 22, 2015.
“Fly into an amazing fairy tale with Vietjet," the airline’s greatest ever promotion in 2015 gives away thousands of special gifts for passengers who fly with Vietjet from December 1, 2015 until February 15, 2016.

Among daily and weekly awards, passengers can participate in a lucky draw on board for one of thousands of smart phones, Vietjet’s tickets for international routes and a free holiday at five-star resorts across Vietnam. The luckiest passenger will win a luxurious apartment of Dragon City worth VND2 billion.

Moreover, the airline holds entertaining activities that enable passengers to meet with fairy characters or receive special gifts at all stations in Vietnam and abroad.
Tickets can be booked at www.vietjetair.com (also compatible with smartphones at https://m.vietjetair.com) or at www.facebook.com/vietjetvietnam (just click the “Booking” tab). Payment can be easily made with Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, and ATM cards issued by 24 Vietnam banks that have been registered with internet banking.

With its non-stop developing fleet of modern aircraft, passengers will experience the full suite of Vietjet’s high-quality services, including SkyBoss as well as opportunities to win economical fares and special surprises from the airline’s promotional campaigns.

Source : VietJetAir

New Zealand to launch direct flights to Vietnam

Air New Zealand has announced to launch direct flights to Ho Chi Minh City starting from next summer with three flights a week that aim to promote Vietnam tourism.

“We will fly three times a week between Auckland and Ho Chi Minh City's Tan Son Nhat International Airport on a seasonal basis, operating from June to October in 2016 with the potential to expand the season in subsequent years,” the company said in a statement.
“We're expanding our Pacific Rim presence introducing New Zealand’s first direct service to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam,” it said.
The direct flight of about 11 hours will be operated by Boeing 767-300 aircraft.
The summer flights aim at promoting tourism in the two countries which marks 40th anniversary of bilateral ties this year.
Visitors to Vietnam can sample the regional food offerings, discover more than 3,000 kilometers of coastline and explore the country's history, the airline said.

Ha Long Bay in northern Vietnam, one of popular tourist destinations that Air New Zealand aims to promote for Kiwi travelers.
From the beauty of Halong Bay and the mountains in the north, to the ancient port city of Hoi An, beach resorts on the southeast coast and the markets on the Mekong River - it's a holiday destination with wide appeal, it said.
Vietnam is growing in popularity as a holiday destination, attracting more than 15,000 New Zealanders in the past year.

 Source : News.Com

Delta to acquire Embraer 190s and more Boeing 737-900 ERs

Delta Air Lines (Atlanta)
Delta Air Lines (Atlanta) will add up to 20 Embraer 190 and 20 new Boeing 737-900 ER jets acquired through a new agreement with The Boeing Company.

The agreement is part of the airline’s continued strategy to improve its efficiency by adding additional 737-900 ERs and upgauging its mainline fleet with the nearly 100-seat, twin-engine E190 jets while reducing the use of small regional aircraft.

The order announced today offered Delta more compelling economics over a previously cancelled order that also included Boeing-held E190s.

Expected to begin flying in early 2017, Embraer’s unique cabin design in the E190 includes two-by-two seating throughout the Main Cabin, one-by-two in First Class, and large overhead bins and oversized windows.

The additional Boeing 737-900 ERs will bring the total in Delta’s fleet to 120 by 2019. The aircraft features large overhead bins and audio/video seatback entertainment with 20 seats in First Class, 21 seats in Delta Comfort+ and 139 seats in the Main Cabin.

The World's Top 100 Airlines in 2015

At the World Airline Awards ceremony at Paris Airshow, Skytrax announced the world's Top 100 Airlines in 2015, voted for by airline customers around the world.

Skytrax World Airline Awards, described as "the Oscars of the aviation industry", are coveted Quality accolades for the world airline industry, and a global benchmark of airline excellence.

1 Qatar Airways2
2 Singapore Airlines 3
3 Cathay Pacific Airways 1
4 Turkish Airlines 5
5 Emirates 4
6 Etihad Airways 9
7 ANA All Nippon Airways 6
8 Garuda Indonesia 7
9 EVA Air 12
10 Qantas Airways 11
11 Asiana Airlines 8
12 Lufthansa 10
13 Austrian 21
14 Swiss Int'l Air Lines 13
15 Air France 25
16 Virgin Australia 15
17 Air New Zealand 16
18 Dragonair 28
19 Thai Airways 14
20 British Airways 17
21 Japan Airlines 23
22 Hainan Airlines 19
23 Bangkok Airways 20
24 Malaysia Airlines 18
25 AirAsia 31
26 Virgin America 46
27 Air Canada 24
28 KLM 32
29 Aegean Airlines 30
30 Hong Kong Airlines 29
31 Finnair 37
32 LAN Airlines 33
33 Norwegian 38
34 South African Airways 22
35 Oman Air 27
36 China Southern 35
37 Virgin Atlantic 34
38 Korean Air 26
39 easyJet 44
40 Air Astana 41
41 Jetstar Airways 39
42 SilkAir 40
43 AirAsia X 36
44 Indigo 43
45 Delta Air Lines 49
46 Aeroflot 51
47 WestJet 45
48 Porter Airlines 55
49 Avianca 47
50 jetBlue Airways 59
51 TAM Airlines 42
52 China Airlines 54
53 Jetstar Asia 50
54 Brussels Airlines 48
55 Vietnam Airlines 58
56 Iberia 67
57 SAS Scandinavian 52
58 Scoot 61
59 Thomson Airways 68
60 United Airlines 53
61 Aer Lingus 65
62 Azul  Airlines 63
63 Air Seychelles 62
64 Copa Airlines 57
65 Alaska Airlines 69
66 Azerbaijan Airlines 72
67 Southwest Airlines 71
68 Transaero Airlines 56
69 Air Mauritius 60
70 TAP Air Portugal 64
71 Air Berlin 70
72 Germanwings 82
73 SriLankan Airlines 73
74 Alitalia 76
75 Peach 80
76 Jet Airways 75
77 Ethiopian Airlines 74
78 American Eagle 79
79 American Airlines 89
80 Air Transat 90
81 Icelandair 81
82 Hawaiian Airlines 88
83 Air Nostrum 83
84 Saudi Arabian Airlines 77
85 China Eastern 94
86 Kenya Airways 84
87 Philippine Airlines 93
88 Gulf Air 86
89 Juneyao Airlines 118
90 TAAG Angola Airlines 92
91 Tianjin Airlines 66
92 Shenzhen Airlines 78
93 Air China 85
94 SpiceJet 87
95 Tiger Airways SIN 91
96 Mango 95
97 Vueling Airlines 96
98 NIKI 103
99 Kulula 100
100 Fiji Airways 97