Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier of Vietnam, and started with a fleet of only 5 aircraft in 1956.
Vietnam Airlines has been through some dramatic changes to become what it is today. With every change, Vietnam Airlines has developed, expanded and improved its service to become an airline of international standard.
In 1976, known as the General Department of Civil Aviation in Vietnam, the airline began full operations, carrying 21,000 passengers, including 7,000 on international flights and 3,000 tones of cargo.
In 1993, the airline underwent its final name change to become Vietnam Airlines.
In 1995 Vietnam Airlines Corporation was formed by Vietnam’s Prime Minister. Vietnam Airlines functions and tasks of business cover the following areas:
- To engage in trade, services, airline passenger transport and cargo transport domestically and abroad in line with the State’s Civil Aviation development plans;
- To make plans for development, investment, construction, securing funds, leasing and buying airplanes, maintaining equipment, exporting and importing materials, equipment, spare parts, and raw materials needed for the business activities of Vietnam Airlines;
- To cooperate and form joint ventures with organisations in the country and abroad in accordance with State laws and policies;
- Fulfilling business tasks in accordance with the law;
- To obtain and effectively use, save and develop the State’s funds including capital to invest in other companies;
- To receive and effectively use natural resources, land, trading rights, and others resources entrusted by the State to do business and perform other duties;
- To organise and manage the application of new technology and techniques and to train and support the continued development of Vietnam Airlines staff.
Since that time, Vietnam Airlines has enjoyed remarkable growth in passenger traffic.
Looking to the future, Vietnam Airlines will become a strong economic group that aids in the task of industrialisation and modernisation and contribute to security and national defence. With a base in air transportation, Vietnam Airlines will diversify its branches and trades, modernise quickly, adopt new technique and improve itself to become a modern and prestigious airline that embodies Vietnam’s national identity.
Over the last 5 years Vietnam Airlines has worked hard to expand the network and will continue to expand and add many new international and domestic flights.
In 2006, approximately 6.8 million people chose to travel aboard Vietnam Airlines. That figure includes over 3.1 million passengers on international flights, and 3.7 million on domestic flights, more than one billion USD revenue.
Alternative Airlines is an online flight booking specialist, appointed by Vietnam Airlines to sell flight seats to customers in UK and Northern Europe via tbe web.