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At the ceremony, Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh hailed the efforts of the carrier in establishing an important air bridge, opening cooperative opportunities and connection in economics, science, education, culture and tourism between the two countries.

With strategic investment, Vietnam Airlines is expected to contribute to realizing the target of bringing Vietnam-Russia bilateral trade turnover to USD10 billion by 2020, a three-fold increase compared to the current figure.

The airlines launched the first flight to Russia on July 7th, 1993 with stops at Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh city, Dubai (UAE) or Berlin (Germany).

As scheduled, by the end 2018, the carriers will have carried about 1.6 million passengers between Vietnam and Russia since beginning operation in the market.

Russia now ranks among the Top 10 markets sending the most tourists to Vietnam, with a high and sustainable growth of 30% a year.

On this occasion, Russia national flag carrier Aeroflot and Vietnam Airlines signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the very first code-sharing on domestic routes in Russia and Vietnam and expand their cooperation “across several areas of the business”.

“The MoU takes our cooperation further in the direction of a solid and mutually beneficial partnership, offering customers a wider choice of travel options and world-class quality of two leading 4-Star airlines,” said Trinh Ngoc Thanh, Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam Airlines offers three direct flights per week between Hanoi and Moscow, operated on Boeing 787-9 aircraft, while Aeroflot operates nine flights per week with a daily flight to Hanoi and a twice weekly service to Ho Chi Minh city, utilizing Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 aircraft./.

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