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Vietnam’s famous bikini airline to fly to Australia

March 20, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Vietnam’s largest budget airline, known for using attractive young female flight attendants in bikinis to draw customers, is to fly to Australia.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk confirmed that Vietjet Air will fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Brisbane from 2019 in a deal that the Premier said would generate AUD 30 million for Queensland and support hundreds of jobs.

Palaszczuk said the deal would make Queensland Vietjet Air’s first destination in Australia.

Vietjet Air is run by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao – Vietnam’s first female billionaire. The airline was recently in hot water with Vietnamese authorities after an in-flight “improvised performance” by scantily clad flight attendants in frilly underwear, feathers and sequins was captured on video. See: Frilly underwear flight attendant dance draws frowns

 

Vietjet flight attendants in festive attire

Whatever the airline’s flight attendants wear, its arrival is a win for Queensland.

“This new route will deliver more than 90,000 annual seats and support 240 local jobs over the next three years, secured by my Government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund,” Palaszczuk said.

“As well as giving us great access to the Vietnamese market, Vietjet Air are offering flights to Brisbane from both New Delhi and Taipei via Ho Chi Minh City.

“Signing off on this deal with Vietjet will help us grow in two of our most important markets – India and Taiwan.

“The airline aims to quickly expand operations to a daily service, which would provide a further boost to the economy.”

Tourism Industry Development Minister Kate Jones said the Vietjet Air announcement was a great win for Queensland tourism.

The regular Vietjet Air uniform does not include bikinis

 “In the last term, we secured international flights bringing in an extra 740,000 seats and generating AUD 570 million for Queensland,” she said.

“We’re spending an extra AUD 170 million in this sector over the next years – attracting direct flights from key Asian markets is an important part of this investment.

“These flights will expose Queensland to a whole new market.”

Vietjet vice president Nguyen Thi Thuy Binh said she was proud Vietnam’s largest budget airline would soon fly to Brisbane.

“Vietjet has been well prepared with comfortable, high-quality and friendly services to expand its international flight network to top destinations, connecting Vietnam’s business and tourism hubs with Asia Pacific countries, including Australia,” he said.

The Attracting Aviation Investment Fund is a AUD 10 million funding commitment by the Palaszczuk Government to support new or expanding airlines to bring more passengers to Queensland by securing greater international aviation access.

Written by Peter Needham

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