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VietJetAir To Purchase Airbus 320s Fleet

VietJetAir signed Wednesday a letter of intent with Airbus to purchase 62 Airbus 320s worth US$6.1 billion (4.5 billion euros) at list prices as the low-cost carrier starts expanding beyond Vietnam.

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The memorandum of understanding was signed by the managing director of the Vietnamese airline, Luu Duc Khanh, during a ceremony in Paris attended by the French and Vietnamese prime ministers.

Khanh told the press that the first aircraft would be delivered next year, and the last one by 2022. “That is nearly 10 aircraft a year”, he pointed out.

The airline just took delivery of a ninth leased A320.

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Hilton HHonors And Vietnam Airlines Program Start Partnership

Hilton HHonors, the loyalty program for Hilton Worldwide’s 10 distinct hotel brands, announced a new alliance with Vietnam Airlines’ frequent flyer program, Golden Lotus Plus. Under this partnership, members of both programs can now earn Hilton HHonors points and Golden Lotus Plus miles when they stay at any of the more than 4,000 participating hotels within the Hilton Worldwide portfolio.

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“This new partnership allows Hilton HHonors members more opportunities to earn points and airline miles, in addition to the current travel partnerships with over 60 leading airlines across the globe,” said William Costley, regional vice president, Southeast Asia, Hilton Worldwide. “It further offers them unparalleled options when making travel arrangements worldwide.”

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New Air Services to Cambodia, Indonesia & China by Jetstar

Jetstar has announced an additional 18 weekly services resulting in 17,200 seats on flights each month from Singapore to popular destinations in Cambodia, Indonesia and China from October 27.

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The addition of two new aircraft Airbus A320 to Jetstar fleet Asian subsidiary in Singapore will help adding more frequencies and flights for the coming winter season.

From 27 October Jetstar timetable in Singapore will include a boost of frequencies to Indonesia including two additional flights per week from Singapore to Bali, making a daily service; an additional four flights per week from Singapore to Medan as well as an increase of four weekly services to Jakarta resulting in 25 weekly services to the Indonesian capital.

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New Cambodia Flights By Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines plans to launch flights between points in the Philippines and Cambodia. The move would break the monopoly enjoyed by competitor, Cebu Pacific Air, which started flying between the two countries last April.

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According to local media reports, Cambodia’s Air Transport Department director, Vann Chanthy, said aviation authorities in the Philippines sent a letter to Cambodia’s State Secretariat of Civil Aviation requesting permission to fly to the Kingdom.

The procedure  is standard as ASEAN air routes are wide open for airlines registered in the region. They can serve most major cities, but have to file details with the appropriate authorities. They are more likely to face restraints from airport companies due to the shortage of flight slots during peak operating hours than from government departments.

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Laos To Launch Mobile UK Visa Application Service

A mobile UK visa application service will start in Laos, 26 September, to serve residents in Laos and end the need for them to travel to Bangkok to apply for a tourist visa to the UK.

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British Ambassador to Lao PDR, Philip Malone, confirmed the visa service would be available for just one day every three months at the British Embassy in Vientiane.

“The new service reflects the importance we place on strengthening the relationships and our desire to see more people from Lao PDR visit, do business, invest and study in the UK,” he said.

He added: “It also underscores our commitment to improve the visa service we offer our customers.”

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