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November 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Airbus, the world's largest commercial plane maker, won an order for 10 A321 aircraft from Vietnam Airlines Corp. The Vietnamese government has approved the purchase by the state-owned carrier, said John Leahy, chief commercial officer of Toulouse, France-based Airbus. The first of the 185-seat aircraft, which have a catalog price of $70 million to $75 million each, is scheduled for delivery in early 2006, with a second to arrive later that year, Vietnam's Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
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September 26, 2010
If you go THE BEST WAY TO PHU QUOC, VIETNAM From LAX, connecting service (change of planes) to Ho Chi Minh City is available on JAL, All Nippon, Asiana, China Eastern, Cathay Pacific, China, Eva, Thai, Singapore, China Southern and Malaysia. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $810. Vietnam Airlines operates daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Phu Quoc. The one-hour flight costs $110 round trip. . TELEPHONES To call the numbers below from the U.S. dial 011 (international dialing code)
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BUSINESS
September 21, 1995 | From Associated Press
The world's biggest aircraft makers are lining up to help Vietnam transform its tiny flagship airline into a powerful regional carrier. But company representatives said Wednesday that sales to state-run Vietnam Airlines will be slow in coming, and none foresee a chance to dominate the local market. "You've got to be patient," said Antoine Lahary, sales research manager for Europe's Airbus Industrie consortium. "They're coming from nowhere, so they can't buy 40 aircraft right away."
TRAVEL
September 26, 2010 | By David Lamb, Special to the Los Angeles Times
During the four years I lived in Hanoi, where I was The Times' bureau chief in the late 1990s, I did a pretty good job of getting around Vietnam and exploring new places, from Can Tho in the southern Mekong Delta to Sapa on the northern border with China. But I missed Phu Quoc, Vietnam's largest island. So did most people. Unless you were a backpacker looking for a cheap beach hotel, there wasn't much reason to go. Fast forward to 2010. Phu Quoc, once known mainly for its pungent fish sauce and wartime history, is the hottest new tourist destination in Vietnam, a slice of tropical perfection with mile after mile of wide, uncrowded beaches, dense jungle, virgin rain forests and a lazy, laid-back atmosphere that reminds a visitor of what Phuket, Thailand, was like a generation ago. Chuck Searcy, a former U.S. serviceman who lives in Vietnam and runs humanitarian programs, remembers his only visit to Phu Quoc about a dozen years ago. His plane circled the airport three times to scare cows off the runway, and the island had only three hotels, "all decidedly 'no star,' to put it kindly.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Continental Airlines Exploring Vietnam Airlines Deal: Continental Airlines Inc. said it is exploring several investment, marketing and operational relationships with Vietnam Airlines once the United States relaxes its trade embargo with Vietnam. A delegation of Vietnam Airlines executives completed a visit to various Continental facilities in the United States on Friday.
BUSINESS
October 18, 1993
Continental Seeks Ties with Vietnam Airlines: Continental Airlines has started negotiations on a formal relationship with Vietnam Airlines in a bid to expand its presence in Southeast Asia. Houston-based Continental said it is considering several investment, operational and marketing arrangements with the Vietnamese government-owned carrier once the U.S. trade embargo against Vietnam has been lifted.
WORLD
May 28, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Vietnam Airlines has pushed back plans to fly to the United States until mid-2006, state-controlled media reported today. The communist country's national carrier had hoped to begin flights to San Francisco by the end of this year or early next year, but the airline has not completed discussions with aviation authorities in South Korea, China and Japan to determine the best stopover for the route, the Youth newspaper quoted Vietnam Airlines deputy general director Pham Ngoc Minh as saying.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2001 | Reuters
Vietnam signed a contract to purchase four Boeing Co. 777 jets in a deal worth $680 million, the commercial airplane maker said. It is the first transaction between companies in Vietnam and the United States under a formal trade agreement. The first 777-200ER plane, which will be able to fly nonstop from Ho Chi Minh City to the Americas and Europe as well as throughout Asia, will be delivered to state-run Vietnam Airlines in 2003. Shares of Boeing fell 40 cents to close at $36.90 on the NYSE.
NEWS
November 16, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Vietnam Airlines airliner with 30 people aboard, including nine foreigners, crashed in a typhoon Saturday after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City, the airline said. Search teams were still trying to find the crash site, and there was no news of any survivors, a spokesman said. The Soviet-made plane, which was heading for the southern resort town of Nha Trang, was carrying 15 Vietnamese passengers and nine foreigners as well as the six crew.
WORLD
May 28, 2005 | From Times wire reports
Vietnam Airlines has pushed back plans to fly to the United States until mid-2006, state-controlled media reported today. The communist country's national carrier had hoped to begin flights to San Francisco by the end of this year or early next year, but the airline has not completed discussions with aviation authorities in South Korea, China and Japan to determine the best stopover for the route, the Youth newspaper quoted Vietnam Airlines deputy general director Pham Ngoc Minh as saying.
BUSINESS
November 27, 2004 | From Bloomberg News
Airbus, the world's largest commercial plane maker, won an order for 10 A321 aircraft from Vietnam Airlines Corp. The Vietnamese government has approved the purchase by the state-owned carrier, said John Leahy, chief commercial officer of Toulouse, France-based Airbus. The first of the 185-seat aircraft, which have a catalog price of $70 million to $75 million each, is scheduled for delivery in early 2006, with a second to arrive later that year, Vietnam's Thanh Nien newspaper reported.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2003 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Negotiators are leaning toward a deal that would allow U.S. freight carriers direct access to Vietnam for the first time since the Vietnam War ended nearly 30 years ago, but that would not give U.S. passenger airlines the same access, sources familiar with the talks said Tuesday. The deal could be announced as early as today, although two days of scheduled negotiations in Hanoi remain and a different agreement could be reached, the sources cautioned. Officials for the U.S.
BUSINESS
December 13, 2002 | David Lamb, Times Staff Writer
HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam -- Ever since a terrorist attacked in Bali killed 191 people in October, Tony Nong has been working 20-hour days. He's hired two additional office workers and several guides. But the recent tourist boom still has him scrambling to find hotel rooms and answer inquiries from prospective tourists. "Bali changed everything," said Nong, a Vietnamese American who, with his mother, runs this nation's oldest privately owned tourism company, Ann Tours.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2001 | Reuters
Vietnam signed a contract to purchase four Boeing Co. 777 jets in a deal worth $680 million, the commercial airplane maker said. It is the first transaction between companies in Vietnam and the United States under a formal trade agreement. The first 777-200ER plane, which will be able to fly nonstop from Ho Chi Minh City to the Americas and Europe as well as throughout Asia, will be delivered to state-run Vietnam Airlines in 2003. Shares of Boeing fell 40 cents to close at $36.90 on the NYSE.
TRAVEL
January 7, 2001 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A new Vietnam Airlines service links the three capitals of Indochina for the first time with a single flight. The service should prove a boon to tourists who previously had to change planes and sometimes stay overnight to make connections in order to visit Hanoi, Vietnam; Vientiane, Laos; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on the same itinerary. Vietnam's Flight No. 841 leaves Hanoi at 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The Fokker 70 jet arrives in Vientiane at 12:40 p.m.
NEWS
April 18, 1998 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Economic times may be tough in Vietnam, but one industry is booming--tobacco. Everyone is lighting up. Cigarette sales are soaring. And no one gets any dirty looks. With people having more discretionary income as Vietnam's liberalized economic policies take hold, the rate of Vietnamese men who smoke has risen to 73%, the highest in the world, various health agencies say.
NEWS
January 31, 1997 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Twenty-two years after the last U.S. troops left Saigon, the United States and Vietnam are about to take the final steps to normalize relations and officially begin a new era of diplomatic and economic cooperation. In the next few months, the two countries are to exchange ambassadors. Besides the embassies already operating in Washington and Hanoi, they will open consulates--the Americans in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) and the Vietnamese in San Francisco.
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