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Vietnam Airlines and All Nippon Airways launch international flights
Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) and Japanese ANA Holding Inc recently announced frequent flyer programs linking both counties on October 30.
The two airlines will begin offering 10 international flights alongside 25 key domestic routes within the two Asian nations, according to Vietnam Airlines’ latest official press release.
TIn May 2015, ANA Holding Inc purchased an 8.77 percent stake in Vietnam Airlines for VND2.43 trillion, (over US$109 million).
The cooperation will integrate check-in, VIP lounge access and baggage services for both airlines at Haneda Airport (Tokyo) and Tan Son Nhat Airport (Saigon) while ensuring Vietnamese-language services on all code share flights.
Vietnam Airlines operates 66 flights per week to Japanese cities including Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka.
“There is strong and growing demand for air services between Japan and Vietnam, and this trend is set to continue," said Shinya Katanozaka, President & CEO of ANA HD.
Track of the Day: ‘On a Monday’ by Ry Cooder
A reader dissents: Your Track of the Day feature is opening me up to new music I appreciate, from the cover series to the locations series and all the rest. Notably lacking is any mention of Ry Cooder. This is a serious failing that really needs correcting. I’m still especially fond of his first three albums (that’s what cool people say, isn’t it: “yeah, I like his old stuff”), but his work over several decades has been phenomenal, not least being The Buena Vista Social Club. I seem to recall… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
As solar power expands the work day, incomes rise in eastern Kenya
By Kagondu NjagiEMBU, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Violet Karimi spends her days as she always has, attending to household chores and working on her farm.But when the sun goes down, she now has a second job, thanks to the arrival of solar lights in this town in eastern Kenya.Each evening the widow leaves her three children studying at home by the light of a solar lantern and takes fruit and vegetables harvested on her farm to sell in Embu’s open air market.“I collect my stock and head… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
California lawmakers urge Trump on immigration
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Democratic state lawmakers passed a resolution Monday urging President-elect Donald Trump not to pursue mass deportations and to uphold a program for young immigrants in the country illegally over protests from Republican lawmakers.The measure passed in both chambers urges Trump to continue the Obama administration program that has helped more than 740,000 young people brought to the country as children obtain work permits.It comes as Democrats — who hold… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Turkey 'ready to help recapture Mosul from IS'
Istanbul (AFP) - Turkey will on Saturday talk to its coalition partners about possibly joining a major US-backed offensive by the Iraqi army to recapture Mosul from Islamic State jihadists.President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the offer would be presented by Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during Syria crisis talks in the Swiss city of Lausanne.Cavusoglu "will present a proposal to coalition forces in Lausanne," Erdogan said in a televised speech."We are ready to fight there against Daesh and… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Vietnamese consumers prefer ‘Made in Thailand’
More than ever, consumers in Vietnam are looking for the ‘Made in Thailand’ label when purchasing consumer goods, and they're willing to pay a premium for these products, according to experts. The high domestic demand for Thai products, they say, was the driving factor that resulted in Thai Central Group earlier this year acquiring a controlling interest in 33 Big C Vietnam supercentres (and 10 convenience stores) and later Thai BCJ Group’s purchase of 19 Metro Vietnam superstores.The majority… chat_bubble_outline Read More...