Vietnam Airlines reopens Hanoi-Chengdu air route

Wednesday, 26/06/2024 18:43
Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier, on June 25 resumed its direct air route linking Hanoi to Chengdu, China, with a frequency of four flights a week, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, said the Vietnam News Agency.
Passengers on first Hanoi-Chengdu flight (Photo:

The first flight, coded VN 552, departed Noi Bai International Airport at 11pm on June 25 (Hanoi time) and landed at Tianfu International Airport of Chengdu at 2:05am on June 26 (Chengdu time).

Meanwhile, the flight back, coded VN 553, took off at 3:05am (Chengdu time) and arrived in Hanoi at 4:20am (Hanoi time) on June 26.

This route is an important part of Vietnam Airlines' strategy to expand its international flight network, making it easier for tourists to travel between Vietnam and China.

Passengers at Tianfu International Port (Photo: VNA)

On this occasion, Vietnam Airlines is offering a promotional programme with attractive round-trip ticket prices from only 5.635 million VND (221.2 USD), applicable to flights from Hanoi to Chengdu.

The programme applies to tickets purchased between now and July 31, 2024, for journeys departing from June 25 to July 31 this year. Tickets are available on the website, mobile application, ticket offices, and official agents of the carrier.

Vietnam becomes attractive destination for international celebrities

There are an increasing number of entertainment events, fashion shows, and international beauty pageants organized in Vietnam and broadcasted on global social media platforms, attracting attention from both domestic and international audiences, said the Vietnam News Agency.

Over the past weekend, representatives of the Miss World Organisation arrived in Ho Chi Minh City to participate in various entertainment activities.

At the Vietnam Beauty Fashion Fest on June 23 evening, Miss World 2019 Toni Ann Singh surprised and delighted the audience when she appeared in an 'Ao dai' (traditional Vietnamese dress) adorned with a conical hat.

International celebrities at the Vietnam Beauty Fashion Fest (Photo:

The 28-year-old Miss World from Jamaica expressed her deep emotion and pride in performing a song about Vietnam, as she has long held affection for the country and its people.

Similarly, the glamorous appearances and numerous activities of Miss World 2024 Krystyna Pyszková in Vietnam, showcasing Vietnamese designers’ outfits and makeup styles, have garnered positive interactions across international media platforms, contributing to promoting the images of HCM City in particular and Vietnam in general, especially unique culture, tourism, cuisine, and fashion industry, to international friends.

In the past two years, a slew of world-renowned artists have continuously flocked to Vietnam, participating in high-profile shows that captivate not only Vietnamese audiences but also international spectators and tourists from neighboring countries. This trend underscores Vietnam's growing appeal as a favoured destination for international celebrities.

The cultural events currently taking place in Vietnam and those scheduled ahead have helped effectively promote Vietnam's images, contributing to not only the economy and tourism but also improving the position of Vietnam's showbiz industry.

Germany remains largest consumer of Vietnamese canned tuna in EU

Vietnamese canned tuna exports to the European Union increased by nearly 33% in the first five months of this year, reaching more than US$43 million, with Germany being the largest export market in the bloc, Radio the Voice of Vietnam quoted the figures of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP).

The product accounted for nearly 49% of Vietnam’s total tuna export turnover to this demanding market.

Currently, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy, Cyprus, and Denmark make up the largest consumers of Vietnamese canned tuna in the EU.

Germany remains largest consumer of Vietnamese canned tuna in EU (Photo: VOV)

Notably, the export of the product to Poland and Denmark grew by 300% and 246%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

In contrast, the Netherlands has moved to reduce its imports of canned tuna from Vietnam due to rising transportation costs.

In fact, EU member states have made efforts to reduce tuna imports through Dutch transit ports and instead focus on increasing direct imports in a bid to reduce costs.

According to the VASEP, while the EU has reduced its imports of canned tuna from its main suppliers, it has also increased its imports from Vietnam.

Ecuador, the Ivory Coast, and the Seychelles are currently the three largest suppliers of canned tuna to the EU, accounting for 44% of the total tuna import volume of this market.

Vietnamese enterprises to attend Furniture Fair in the US

A delegation made up of 20 Vietnamese enterprises is set to participate in the High Point Market (HPM) Furniture Fair in the United States from October 26 to 30, according to Radio the Voice of Vietnam.

Accordingly, the Vietnamese delegation will put on display a wide range of high-quality handicrafts, along with interior and exterior design products tailored to the US market. The Vietnamese pavilion will cover an exhibition space of about 460 m2.

The fair will further contribute to promoting Vietnamese wooden furniture and interior design products in the US market, facilitating exports of these products in the time ahead, whilst also bolstering the Vietnamese brand in this lucrative market.

Vietnamese enterprises to attend Furniture Fair in the US (Photo: VOV)

The High Point Market fair is held twice annually and is the largest and most prestigious fair in the wooden interior and exterior design industry.

Wood and wooden products are considered to be key Vietnamese export products, contributing to export turnover. For many years, the US has been the largest consumer market for wooden furniture exports from the Vietnamese market.

In the first two months of the year, the export value to the US accounted for 53.2% of Vietnam’s total export turnover of wood and wood products, valued at US$1.2 billion, up 51.7% over the same period from 2023./.

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