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PM witnesses launching of new direct air routes connecting VN, Japan

VGP – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc witnessed the launching of Vietjet’s three new direct air routes connecting Viet Nam and Japan on October 10, as part of his ongoing trip to Tokyo for the 10th Mekong-Japan Summit and a visit to Japan.

Photo: VGP

As planned, the Vietnamese low-cost carrier will operate three air routes between Japan and Viet Nam in the next three months, including Ha Noi-Osaka (from November 8, 2018), Ho Chi Minh City-Osaka (from December 14, 2018), and Ha Noi-Tokyo (from January 11, 2019).

Addressing the event, Hiroshi Tabata, Commissioner of the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA), welcomed and pledged to optimally support Vietjet to successfully operate its air routes to Japan’s Kansai International Airport, thus contributing actively to the recovery  of the economy in this hospitable land after Typhoon Jebi.

He expressed his belief that the new air routes of Vietjet would contribute significantly to the future growth of Vietnamese tourists to Japan.

In the presence of PM Phuc and senior officials of the Japanese Government, Vietjet, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance (MUL), under the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG), and French bank BNP Paribas signed an agreement on the provision of finance for Vietjet’s five new aircraft totally worth US$614 million.

Vietjet, French bank Natixis, and Japanese investors also signed a framework contract on providing finance for five other new aircraft of the Vietnamese airline worth US$625 million. These capital sums will be offered in the form of finance lease to help Vietjet possess aircraft.

Vietjet is scheduled to put the newly signed aircraft into operation in 2018 and early 2019.

On the occasion, Vietjet announced its largest promotional program in the Japanese market, which lasts three days. Accordingly, from October 10 to 12, 2018, the low-cost carrier will offer 10,000 tickets at prices starting from YEN100 (more than VND20,000) for the three new air routes between Japan and Viet Nam.

Also, Vietjet will offer an additional 70,000 super promotional tickets for all the international routes transiting from Viet Nam and Thailand to Asian countries.

                                                                                                                    By Vien Nhu

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