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Vietnam Airlines to open direct flights to US in 2018
National carrier Vietnam Airlines is readying itself to open direct flights to the United States in 2018, its Chief Executive Officer Duong Tri Thanh has said.
Vietnam Airlines started making preparations for the route 10 years ago, Thanh was quoted by Vietnam News Agency as saying on Wednesday. He added that the carrier has focused on enhancing the long-haul flying experience for passengers by expanding its fleet with larger airplanes, including Airbus 350 – 900s and Boeing B787 Dreamliners.
Vietnamese airlines must meet CAT1 requirements set by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which are specifically for non-stop flights to the U.S. Under the requirements, the air carriers from the assessed state may initiate or continue service to the United States in a normal manner and take part in reciprocal code-share arrangements with U.S. carriers. according to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.
Vietnamese aviation authorities and Boeing last year signed an agreement in which the U.S. airplane manufacturer pledged, through technical and training assistance, to help Vietnamese aviation officials reach CAT1 standards.
Based on CAT1 requirements, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will decide which foreign airlines are allowed to operate direct flights to the U.S.
Visitors from the U.S. to Vietnam during the first six months of the year increased 14.5 percent from a year earlier to roughly 300,000, accounting for 6 percent of total international arrivals to the Southeast Asian country in that period.
Graft-tainted Spanish politician Rita Barbera dies
Madrid (AFP) - Veteran Spanish politician Rita Barbera, a prominent figure from Spain's ruling conservative Popular Party who was under investigation for alleged money laundering, died Wednesday at a Madrid hotel, emergency services said.An ambulance was called to the Villa Real hotel in front of parliament after Barbera, 68, a senator in Spain's upper house of parliament, fell ill, an emergency services spokesman said."The medical team carried out cardiopulmonary resuscitation for over 30… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Schwarzenegger: ‘If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run’
Arnold Schwarzenegger says if he were a natural-born citizen, he would’ve made a bid for the Republican nomination this year.“If I’d been born in America, I would’ve run,” Schwarzenegger told Adweek in an interview published Monday. “Because now? This was a very good time to get in the race.”The 69-year-old Austrian-born bodybuilder turned actor turned two-term California governor, who endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich during the GOP primary, believes he would’ve made a better nominee than Donald… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Tons of dead fish wash up ashore in central Vietnam province, again
About 10 tons of fish have washed up dead on the coast of Van Ninh District in the central province of Khanh Hoa, according to local media reports. The fish, mostly deep-water species, have been washing up in communes from Van Tho to Van Thanh since Thursday, the Voice of Vietnam reported on Saturday, quoting district party secretary Vo Hoang Hai. A number of farmed fish and other sea creatures have also been found dead in the area, Hai said, adding that local authorities have taken samples of… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard reach divorce settlement
The joint statement said Heard "will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity". Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard privately settled their divorce case, the actors said in a joint statement on Tuesday, a day ahead of a court hearing on the status of a restraining order that Heard had filed against Depp. The settlement ending the 15-month marriage comes after weeks of highly publicized claims of domestic violence by Heard, 30, and counterclaims of financial blackmailing by… chat_bubble_outline Read More...
Truck attacker kills up to 80 in Nice on French national day
Police shot and killed the driver; hundreds are wounded, officials say. An attacker killed up to 80 people and injured scores when he drove a truck at high speed into a crowd watching Bastille Day fireworks in the French Riviera city of Nice late on Thursday, local media quoted officials as saying. Police shot and killed the driver, who drove the heavy, long-distance truck at speed for well over 100 meters (yards) along the famed Promenade des Anglais seafront, hitting the mass of spectators… chat_bubble_outline Read More...