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Vietnam’s much-talked about controversial ‘Bikini Airline,’ Vietjet Air is starting direct flights services to India. The airline will fly four times starting in July this year.
What Is It?
Vietnam’s low cost, controversial airline has announced direct flights between New Delhi and Vietnam’s capital Ho Chi Minh City. VietJet launched its first commercial flights in December way back in 2011 and soon became Vietnam’s second-largest airline. Vietjet found themselves in huge trouble in 2002 when five female bikini-clad flight attendants took part in a performance mid-air. The airline was fined £678.20 (around Rs 62,000) for risking air safety.
The budget airline is known for racy stunts and they even received serious backlash for releasing a series of photos of women donning bikinis as part of their advertising campaign. The airline soon came to be known as the ‘Bikini Airline.’
The airline was founded by Vietnam’s first woman billionaire Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao who also happens to rank as the second richest person in Vietnam. Currently, there are no non-stop flights between India and Vietnam. You can board fights that go via Thailand, Singapore or Malaysia. Although the official announcement said ‘direct flights’, we think what they mean is non-stop flights between the two cities. The difference? Direct flights usually have a stop-over, but flying directly to the destination means not having to change flights in between. And well, a non-stop flight essentially means non-stop!
The airline will start in July 2018 and will fly four times from New Delhi to Ho Chi Minh City.
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