Since reclaiming Gia Lam Airport from the French over 47 years ago, Vietnam's civil aviation industry has grown steadily into one of the country's most vibrant economic sectors, and the national carrier - Vietnam Airlines - is now poised to become a major regional airline.
Vietnam Airlines' history dates back to 1956. Starting with a fleet of only five small aircraft, the first international route was to Beijing, followed by Vientiane in 1976 and Bangkok in 1978.
In April 1989, the airline was established as a state enterprise, and in 1996 Vietnam Airlines Corporation was formed, bringing together several service companies with the airline at its core. A six-seat management boards whose members the prime minister runs appoint the corporation.
Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong were added to our network in the late 1980s and early 1990s. With new destinations, including Paris, Taipei, Kaohsiung, Seoul, Osaka, Tokyo, Sydney and Melbourne, Vietnam Airlines now flies form Hanoi, Da Nang and Ho Chi Minh City to 13 domestic locations and 23 major international cities.
In April 2001, Vietnam Airlines increased the frequency of flights between Vietnam's most popular domestic destinations. Our newest domestic route, launched in early 2002, runs between Ho Chi Minh City and central city of Vinh.
For international flights, our Indochina route links Ho Chi Minh City with Vientiane and Phnom Penh. We also offer five flights per week from Ho Chi Minh City to Guangzhou; seven flights to Osaka; and five flights to Kaoshiung. In May 2001, Vietnam Airlines launched a route in cooperation with China Airlines to the United States. Now you can fly with us between Ho Chi Minh City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Direct flights between Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City and Kunming and Beijing were added to Vietnam Airlines' network in...