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August 30, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Vietnam-based low-cost carrier VietJet Air, known for its dancing female flight attendants in bikinis, is preparing to launch non-stop flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta.

Jakarta, capital of Indonesia, is the biggest city in the world’s most populous Muslim country. Eyebrows were raised at the thought of airborne bikinis in a nation where women traditionally cover themselves at the beach, let alone on an aircraft.

The airline, however, is keen to distance itself from bikinis and to concentrate on the new route, which it expects will be lucrative.

Indonesia’s ambassador to Vietnam, Ibnu Hadi, has confirmed that VietJet’s flight attendants will be appropriately attired to and from Indonesia.

“I’d like to explain that the bikini (stunt) was only for one event,” Ibnu said in a statement to Indonesia’s Liputan 6 news channel, which was carried by Jakarta’s English-language Coconuts website.

Definitely not the look when flying to Muslim countries

“It was for the airline’s launch of their new route to Nha Trang, which is a resort city so that’s why they wore bikinis. (The airline) has been reprimanded by their (Vietnamese) government for their stunt.”

“VietJet is a budget airline and they will open a route to Indonesia without the bikinis. The opening of the route is still being discussed. Hopefully before the close of this year.”

Vietjet Air cabin crew uniform

Since VietJet Air launched in 2011, its female flight attendants have donned their trademark red bikinis for special events. Here is an example:

Even when not wearing bikinis, VietJet’s young female flight attendants wear short skirts and show more leg than Muslim countries encourage. That aspect may change too – on the Jakarta route, at least.

Vietjet Air cabin crew in promotional attire

VietJet Air is doing well. Its president and chief executive, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, became Vietnam’s first self-made female billionaire when she took the airline public six months ago.

Written by Peter Needham

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