Airbus Beluga arrives in Da Nang for the first time

Thursday, 11/05/2023 21:30
According to VOV, airbus Beluga, the whale-shaped flying marvel, made its maiden appearance at Da Nang International Airport on May 9, with the arrival of the aircraft leaving both airport staff and passengers awestruck.
Airbus’ whale-shaped aircraft arrives at Da Nang International Airport for first time (Photo: N.N.D/ 

Hailed as a super transporter, Airbus A300-600ST represents one the latest cargo planes and is a commercial service provided by the European company Airbus.

According to a representative of the airport, the Airbus A300-600ST will depart for the central city to Taiwan (China) on the evening of May 9.

Stretching for a length of 56.15 metres, Airbus Beluga is capable of handling cargo for various sectors, including military, maritime, space, and humanitarian, among others.

It stands at an impressive height of 17.25 metres, while the wing span is a stunning 44.24 metres. As one of the latest models, these super transporters offer a semi-automated main deck cargo loading system, thereby making them efficient to handle payloads.

Vietjet offers promotions on routes to India

Vietjet continues offering attractive promotions for all India routes with tickets priced from only zero dong from now until October 25 to welcome summer, reported VNA.

A Vietjet aircraft (Source: Vietjet) 

On every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, passengers have opportunites to get discounted tickets at and Vietjet Air mobile app, applying for all routes connecting Vietnam (HCM City and Hanoi) to India (Mumbai, New Delhi and Ahmedabad) with flexible flight schedules from August 1 to December 15, 2023.

When booking a ticket during the period from May 10 to August 15, 2023, passengers will receive an additional 100,000 VND e-Voucher to apply for their next flight on all flight networks from August 10 to the end of December 31, 2023 at, Vietjet said.

It added that passengers also receive 500 points SkyPoints when participating in the Vietjet SkyJoy loyalty programme, where they can use reward SkyPoints to redeem vouchers of Vietjet and services from 250 favourite brands of dining, resort and shopping in Vietnam, via SkyJoy mobile app or

According to the airline, passengers will enjoy attractive summer parties on the region’s most modern wide-body A330 aircraft with soft leather seats, and the Business ticket class with many priorities throughout the flight.

Vietjet's Indian flights always have a priority menu that is provided by Indian restaurants, ensuring the taste and processing specifications to meet the diversity of ethnicities and religions of passengers.

Vietnamese shrimp products hold highest market share in RoK

East year sees the Republic of Korea (RoK) import over 100,000 tonnes of shrimp worth between US$800 million and USS$1 billion, with Vietnamese shrimp products always accounting for the highest market share at over 50%, reported VOV.

Vietnamese shrimp products hold highest market share in RoK (Source:

Shrimp represents a key export seafood product of the nation, with the annual export turnover of this item accounting for 40% to 45% of the total export turnover of the entire seafood industry.

Vietnamese shrimp is currently exported to 100 countries globally, with the five largest markets including Europe, the United States, Japan, China, and the RoK.

Constituting 14% of total Vietnamese shrimp exports, just behind the US, the EU, and Japan, the RoK is one of the important export markets for Vietnamese shrimp products.

During the period from 2018  to 2022, Vietnamese shrimp exports to the Korean market grew quite steadily from US$386 million in 2018 to US$468 million in 2022, up 21%.

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Most notably, whiteleg shrimp products exported to the highly lucrative market have grown continuously since 2019.

In 2022, the RoK was a market boasting stable shrimp consumption demand, with the added advantage of close transportation distance and inflation not being as intense as Western countries.

Vietnamese shrimp exports to the RoK reached US$468 million last year, up 26% compared to the previous year.

According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), Vietnamese shrimp exports to the RoK during the initial months of this year followed a general downward trend amid the global economic downturn, rising inflation, and decreasing purchasing power.

The initial two months of the year saw Vietnamese shrimp exports to the Korean market hit just over US$46 million, a decline of 25% over the same period from last year.

Most notably, according to detailed information from local businesses, Vietnamese shrimp products imported into the RoK are being "entangled" with quota regulations, even though the Vietnam-Korea Free Trade Agreement (VKFTA) has been carried out since 2015.

Therefore, the VASEP has requested that the Vietnamese Government and competent agencies propose that the Korean side consider the abolition of quota placed on shrimp imports from Vietnam, or alternatively devise solutions related to the adjustment of the tax rate to 0% for Vietnamese shrimp in the VKFTA, the same as Peru.

In order to consolidate and improve market share for Vietnamese shrimp, the Vietnam Trade Office in the RoK also recommended that ministries, and localities move to implement trade promotion activities for shrimp products in the Korean market. This includes attending a number of prestigious seafood fairs, as well as organising a broad array of promotional activities, marketing, and tasting products processed from shrimp.

This is in addition to helping shrimp exporters research and develop new products in order to support logistics costs, along with costs for attending trade promotion activities in this potential market.

Vietnamese culture, image introduced at Italian festival

According to VNA, the cultural identity as well as the image of a beautiful and peaceful nation of Vietnam have been introduced to international friends during an international festival held in Borgomanero district of Italy’s Piemonte region.

Vietnamese culture, image introduced at Italian festival  (Source: VNA)

The festival, an annual event held in mid-May, provided a chance for foreign communities in Italy to meet and exchange with each other.

The Vietnamese booth, showcasing Vietnamese traditional conical hats (non la) and calligraphy art, attracted many visitors, especially youngsters.

Visitors had a chance to enjoy Vietnamese ao dai (traditional dress) shows, dragon dances and martial arts performances, as well as traditional dishes of Vietnam.

Sergio Vercelli, head of the organising board, expressed delight at the participation of the Vietnamese community in the event as well as impression at their special performances.

The festival concluded with a parade to the central square of Borgomanero. It aimed to spread a message of peace, friendship and common development in diversity among all communities not only in Borgomarero but all countries, regions and the whole world./.