Low-cost carrier VietJetAir to fly to central hubs

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Vietnam's budget private carrier VietJetAir is launching new flights to central tourism hubs Da Nang and Nha Trang.

Besides the current Ho Chi Minh City Hanoi route, the carrier will offer two daily flights between HCMC and Da Nang starting April 27 and one daily flight between Hanoi and Nha Trang starting May 19, the carrier said in a press release.

The carrier will also increase flight frequency of the HCMC-Hanoi route from three to eight flights per day from April 27.

"Passengers can also save their time and cost as they are able to fly out and in within a day," VietJetAir's commercial representative said in the press release.

VietJetAir officially entered Vietnam's aviation market last December, four years after it was the first private carrier licensed in the country.

As of late February, the carrier has made 360 flights, carrying more than 40,000 passengers with a load rate of more than 90 percent.

Operating a fleet of three new Airbus A320 aircraft, the low-cost carrier plans to launch more flights to other destinations in Vietnam and Asia during 2012.

It also recently signed a technical contract with Singapore International Airlines Engineering Company, a major provider of aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services in the Asia-Pacific.

The Inventory Technical Management Services Agreement is in line with VietJetAir's strategies to professionalize its fleet, which is projected to increase to 15 aircraft by 2015.

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