Luong Hoai Nam, chief executive officer of Jetstar Pacific, told the Daily last week that the low-cost carrier would launch services to Thailand's Bangkok on October 31, Cambodia's Siem Reap on November 3 and Singapore on November 14.

Nam said Vietnam's first budget and second biggest airline would use its 168-seat Boeing B737 -400 aircraft for the new international flights, which provide more choices for passengers, particularly those wishing to visit key tourist destinations in these three regional countries.

Jetstar Pacific will load tickets on the website at in September for passengers to book for the new routes.

Jetstar Pacific now operates code-share services to Bangkok and Singapore under the deals with Bangkok Airways and Jetstar Asia, using the aircraft of these foreign airlines.

Jetstar Pacific is expected to receive the first single-aisle Airbus A320 in early September, and plans to have a fleet of 30 fuel-efficient Airbus A320s by 2014 to replace its existing fleet of Boeing B737-400s.

N am said the launch of daily domestic flights to well-known tourist sites including Da Lat and Buon Ma Thuot in the Central Highlands, and Can Tho in the Mekong Delta city was also in the carrier's development plan.

Last month Jetstar Pacific announced to lift its daily service between HCM City and Nha Trang from September 5 to reserve its aircraft for other domestic routes and new international services with high seat occupancy in the face of rising fuel cost.

To attract more bookings for the current domestic flights, Jetstar Pacific has launched promotional fares for passengers to book until September 15 for travel between September 8 to October 25.

The fares start from 350,000 dong for the flights between HCM City and Hanoi and Da Nang, and 650,000 dong for the routes: HCM City-Hanoi, HCM City-Hai Phong, HCM City-Vinh, Hanoi-Da Nang, and Hanoi-Nha Trang.

Saigon Times Daily - September 4, 2008

Vietnam Air begins service to Dong Hoi, lowers surcharges

Vietnam Airlines is ready to commence three weekly flights from Hanoi to Dong Hoi of the central province of Quang Binh on September 1 to meet the increasing demand for air travel between these destinations.

The national flag air carrier's ATR-72 plane will depart Hanoi at 8.30 a.m. and Dong Hoi at 10.40 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The flight takes one hour and a half.

Vietnam Airlines is promoting fares from 400,000 dong for a single trip from September 10 to December 15 on the 27th domestic flight route connecting Hanoi and Dong Hoi, which is near the World Heritage-listed Phong Nha-Ke Bang caverns.

The airline will lower fuel surcharges by 10,000 dong to 100,000 dong for flights between the country's two largest cities-Hanoi and HCM City, and other destinations, namely Da Nang, Hue, Pleiku and Chu Lai, from September 4.

A drop of 30,000 dong or 150,000 dong will apply to flights between Hanoi and HCM City, and from these cities to Hai Phong, Nha Trang, Da Lat, Buon Ma Thuot, Vinh, Can Tho, and Dong Hoi.

Vietnam Airlines is now promoting air travel on its domestic flights from September 8 to October 31 by offering fares of 550,000 dong for flights from Hanoi and HCM City to Da Nang and Hue, and 880,000 dong for the flights from HCM City to Hanoi, Hai Phong, Vinh and Hanoi to Buon Ma Thuot and Nha Trang.

Saigon Times Daily - September 4, 2008