New airline said to focus on seaplane services

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One of two seaplanes that Vietnamese-owned private airline Hai Au Aviation is importing from the US for its flights expected to take off this September. Photo credit: Hai Au Aviation Company
Vietnam's Hai Au Aviation will start operating seaplane flights between Hanoi and the world famous Ha Long Bay this September.
Luong Hoai Nam, director of the airline, told the Saigon Times news website Wednesday that each flight is about 30 minutes long, compared to a car ride that lasts three to four hours, while allowing passengers to view landscapes from the height of 150-3,000 meters.
Besides sightseeing tours, the airline, which is owned by Thien Minh Group and Focus Travel Group, will also provide services like air taxi and customized flights, the newspaper reported.
Hai Au will import two Cessna seaplanes that can carry 12 passengers and fly at the speed of 300 kilometers per hour for the route, which are scheduled for delivery this August.
It planned to expand its operation to the southern region with flights between Ho Chi Minh City and tourist destinations like Khanh Hoa, Binh Thuan, Can Tho, An Giang, Con Dao, and Phu Quoc, according to the report.
News website Vietnamnet quoted a representative of Hai Au as saying that it will charge a total of $4,000 for a one-hour flight and the fare is divided among the passengers.
Hai Au is the sixth private airline in Vietnam after the government ended its monopoly of passenger air transportation in 2007. Four of them have temporarily or permanently closed down due to financial troubles.
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