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VietJetAir makes history with first international flight

(Ho Chi Minh City, February 10, 2013) – VietJetAir launched its latest route connecting Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok today and become the first private airline from Vietnam to enter the international market.

The first day of Lunar New Year is not just an auspicious date for Vietnam’s leading low-cost carrier to open the new route but also perfect timing for residents of Vietnam and Thailand looking to celebrate the festive season overseas.

 
Attending a ceremony at Tan Son Nhat International Airport this morning, representatives from the Thailand General Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam’s Southern Airport Corporation cut ribbon to launch VietJetAir’s 10th route and first international service at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
 

Ms Panpinon Suwnnapongse, General Consul of Thailand in Ho Chi Minh City, and leaders of Vietnam’s Southern Airport Corporation congratulated VietJetAir on launching its first international route to Thailand.

 

The first flight took off from Ho Chi Minh City’s Tan Son Nhat Airport this morning right on schedule after a short ceremony to mark this historic event. To celebrate the inaugural flight and the arrival of the Year of the Snake, all 180 passengers on board were presented with “li xi” (lucky money), a symbolic gesture expressing VietJetAir’s wish that all passengers enjoy a prosperous and healthy New Year.


 
As the first private airline from Vietnam to enter international airspace, this is considered by many to be a momentous occasion for the aviation market in Southeast Asia. On board it was also a very happy one. The airline’s flight crew donned both Vietnamese and Thai traditional costumes for the flights to and from Bangkok. Meanwhile, some of the crew showed off their Gangnam style dance moves mid-flight.

 

 

Upon arrival at Bangkok, the first passengers and some of VietJetAir’s executives were warmly welcomed by representatives from Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Airport of Thailand and Bangkok Air Fueling Services. All passengers were all presented with Thai souvenirs by TAT and VietJetAir’s representatives in Thailand.

The daily flights, operated by the airline’s newly-acquired Airbus 320, will depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 11:45am and return from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:30pm.



Chutathip Chareonlarp, Director of Tourism Authority of Thailand in Ho Chi Minh Office, said on the occasion of the route launch: “I would like to thank VietJetAir for allowing Thailand the honor of being the first destination for this historic, debut international flight. This will give both countries greater exposure to the people of Thailand and Vietnam and boost tourism flows, too. I hope all of the passengers will enjoy flying with one of the most vibrant and fastest growing airlines in Vietnam to one of the most exciting destinations in the world like Bangkok.
 

 

Desmond Lin, Business Development Director of VietJetAir, said: “We are really excited to showcase Vietnam from a different perspective – we want to introduce the fun side of this amazing country. VietJetAir’s extensive domestic network now covers every major tourism destination in Vietnam and will help Ho Chi Minh City serve as a gateway for tourists looking to explore the country further"

Besides our expansive network, we believe we have a lot to offer travelers with our fleet of modern Airbus aircraft, our fun, friendly air stewards and our amazing promotions always available at www.vietjetair.com,” said Lin.
 



 
First passengers from Bangkok were presented with VietJetAir’s gifts and were ready at check-in counters for the launching flight to Ho Chi Minh City.


 
To support its expansion into the Land of Smiles, VieJetAir has appointed QE Tour to develop a sales distribution network and customer support system in Thailand. Customers can call the Thai call center +66 22 777 111 with all VietJetAir-related enquiries. The airline’s website is now available in Thai and English as well as Vietnamese so Thai people and foreigners can easily make an online booking.

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Passengers from 12 to 14 years are considered adults and can travel alone, if you travel alone, apart from the necessary paperwork to travel as required, shall contain a guarantee of legal representative indemnity for VIETJET AIR

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Children:

Passengers from 2 to under 12 years old (as of the date of departure) is called the child, the child seat must be purchased separately and adult fares. A (01) adults are taking the same (01) children.

When filling in at the airport, children need a birth certificate or passport (for international travel). VIETJET may refuse transportation to the lack of documentation on the case.

Passengers from 12 to 14 years are considered adults and can travel alone, if you travel alone, apart from the necessary paperwork to travel as required, shall contain a guarantee of legal representative indemnity for VIETJET AIR

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Infant:

Passengers under 2 years old (as of the date of departure) is called a baby, your baby will not have to buy a ticket and sit in an adult's lap. A (01) adults are taking the same (01) baby.

When filling in at the airport, babies need to have a birth certificate or passport (for international travel). VIETJET may refuse transportation to the lack of documentation on the case.

All children must be accompanied by father / mother or guardian aged 15 and up

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1. Wheelchair service:
a. Wheelchair service is a service offered to disabled or medical passengers with reduced mobility, including:
- Passengers requiring wheelchair for ramp (WCHR) are passengers who can ascend/ descend steps and make own way to/from cabin seat, but requiring assistance for distance to/from aircraft across ramp
- Passengers requiring wheelchair for step (WCHS) are passengers who can not ascend/ descend steps, but are able to make own way to/from cabin seat, requiring assistance for distance to/from aircraft across ramp and up/down steps
- Passengers requiring wheelchair for cabin (WCHC) are passengers who completely immobile, requiring assistance to/from aircraft, up/down steps and to/from cabin seat

b. Conditions of acceptance:
- Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure time via VietJet Ticketing office or Call center.
- Passenger’s health are well enough to make the flight. In case of illness, passengers must complete medical clearance to ensure healthy enough to make the flight (as Passengers required for medical clearance before departure).
- The maximum number of passengers requiring wheelchair on each flight is limited depend on individual service.
- Passengers requiring wheelchair for step(WCHS): be accepted when travel with accompanied passenger, who is from 18 years of age or older, healthy enough to assist WCHS passengers up/down steps and on board; each accompanied passenger is accepted to travel with only 01 WCHS.
- Passengers requiring wheelchair for cabin (WCHC): We do not provide wheelchair equipment on board; If passengers agree with the condition: we accept for carriage as WCHS.

2. Service for Blind passengers (BLND):
a. Service for Blind passengers is a service offered to passengers, who lost the ability to sense the visual partly or completely, and need special supports.

b. Conditions of acceptance:
- For accompanied BLND passenger: We accept for carriage of accompanied blind passenger as normal passenger; accompanied passenger is required from 18 years of age or older, healthy enough to assist BLND passengers; Each accompanied passenger is accepted to travel with 02 BLND.
- For unaccompanied BLND passenger: 
• Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure time via VietJet Ticketing office or Call center.
• BLND passengers who are able to self-service in all itinerary is accepted carriage.
• BLND passengers must have assistance from relatives at departure and arrival terminal.

3. Service for Deaf passengers (DEAF):
a. Service for deaf passengers is a service offered to passengers, who lost the ability to sense the visual partly or completely, and need special supports.

b. Conditions of acceptance:
- For accompanied DEAF passengers: We accept for carriage of accompanied deaf passenger as normal passenger; accompanied passenger is required from 18 years of age or older, healthy enough to assist DEAF passengers.
- For unaccompanied DEAF passengers: 
• Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure time via VietJet Ticketing office or Call center.
• DEAF passengers who are able to self-service in all itinerary is accepted carriage

4. Extra seat service (EXST):
a. Extra seat service is a service offered to passengers, who are oversized, require 2 adjacent seats on board in the same flight; or the service offered to passengers requiring 2 adjacent seats for more convenient.

b. Conditions of acceptance:
- Please contact with our ticketing offices, agents, Call center for EXST requirement.
- Application fare as passenger book 1 more ticket at the time of booking service.

5. Pregnant women (PREG):
Pregnant women are required to inform us at the check-in counter and satisfied conditions below:
a. Pregnant women are required to sign the waiver of responsibility form.

b. Pregnant women over 27 weeks – 32 weeks:
- Passengers present maternity certificate form satisfy conditions following:
• The certificate is confirmed by maternity doctor.
• The certificate must not be more than 7 days old from the date of travel
• Health diagnosis of pregnant and fetus are good enough to make the flight. In case Health diagnosis of pregnant and fetus are not good enough to take the flight, are required to complete medical clearance (as Passengers required for medical clearance before departure)

c. Pregnant women over 32 weeks: We refuse carriage.

d. Pregnant with twin or more children; or being pregnant by artificial insemination; or fetal evolution is abnormal: are required to complete medical clearance (as Passengers required for medical clearance before departure)

6. Passengers required for medical clearance before departure:
a. Passengers required for medical clearance before departure is a passenger who has at least one of the criteria below: 
- Passengers who are unable to care for themselves during the flight due to mental problems
- The injured passengers, illness or health condition can cause seriously impact to the other passengers on the flight.
- Pregnant passengers, include: Pregnant with twin or more children; or being pregnant by artificial insemination; or fetal evolution is abnormal.
- Infants with unusual health status or prematurely born children
- Passengers who might have their medical condition aggravated during the flight: lung diseases, ear or nose diseases, newly broken bone, newly surgery, newly being pregnant by artificial insemination, serious allergy, etc.
- Passengers with contagious disease: chicken pox, pulmonary tuberculosis, measles, parotitis, etc

b. Conditions of acceptance: 
- Conditions of accompanied passengers:
Being able to move and care for himself during the flight, accept carriage without accompanied passengers
Being unable to move and care for himself/herself during the flight: accept carriage when travel with accompanied passengers, who is from 18 years of age or older, healthy enough to assist passengers; each accompanied passenger is accepted to travel with only 01 passenger required for medical clearance before departure.
- Condition of health examination: passengers are required to complete health certificate with condition following:
• Health certificate from medical centers following:
 In Vietnam: General and specialized hospitals at central, provincial, city, district or equivalents; private and international hospitals; international general clinic.
 In other countries: Medical central with legal status licensed by authorized authority to operate in local countries.
• Health certificate according to our form Health certificate
• The date of diagnosis must not be more than 7 days from the date of travel
• Refusing carriage:
 Prognosis will get worse for the anticipated trip and/or 
 Passengers’ medical might offensive to other passengers.
• Pregnant women are required to sign the waiver of responsibility form.

7. Infants; Children; unaccompanied minors; young passengers traveling alone:
a. Infants (INF): 
- Infants are passengers who aged under 02 years on the date of departure.
- Conditions of acceptance:
• Infants with usual health status. In case of Infants with unusual health status or prematurely born children are require for medical clearance (as Passengers required for medical clearance before departure)
• We refuse carriage INF under 14.
• INF are required traveling with accompanies, who is from 18 years of age or older, is not passenger requiring special assistance as WCH; BLND; DEAF; Passengers required for medical clearance before departure.
• Each adult traveling with 01 INF and INF sists on an adult’s lap.
• The maximum number of INF on each flight depend on individual aircraft.

b. Children (CHD):
- Children are passengers who aged from 02 years to under 12 years on the date of departure.
- Conditions of acceptance: 
• CHD are required traveling with accompanies, who is from 18 years of age or older, is not passenger requiring special.
• An adult travel with maximum: 1 INF and 1 CHD under 6 years old; or 02 CHD under 6 years old; CHD from 6 or older: no limitation.

c. Unaccompanied minors (UM):
- Unaccompanied minors, who aged from 02 years to under 12 years on the date of departure, traveling alone.
- We do not provide UM service.

d. Young passengers traveling alone (YPTA):
- YPTA are passengers, who aged from 12 years to under 14 years on the date of departure, traveling alone.
- Conditions of acceptance:
• Accept carriage YPTA only on domestic flights.
• Requests must be made at least 48 hours before departure time via VietJet Ticketing offices and Call center.
• YPTA are accepted carriage provide Parents/ Guardian complete the Registration for young passenger travel alone form and sign the waiver of responsibility form.
• YPTA are required to have someone to take/ pick up at departure and arrival terminal

8. Baby bassinet on board service; Stretcher service; Oxygen service: We do not provide these services.

9. Elderly passengers:
- Elderly passengers who are 60 years old or older.
- In case of elderly passengers require special assistance, apply correspondence conditions of acceptance.

Contributed – to – Revolution passengers, disabled passengers, elderly passengers, pregnant women and passengers travel with infant are served with priority at Vietjet ticketing offices, airport and onboard.

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