‘Bikini airline’ Vietjet’s direct flights to India: Get the detail
New Delhi: Vietnam’s budget airline Vietjet Air is all set to commence direct flight service between Ho Chi Minh city and New Delhi.
The airline is soon going to commence flight services four days a week from July-2018 to cater to the fast-growing air traffic between the two cities, IANS reported.
The move comes on the backdrop of the 45th anniversary of India-Vietnam diplomatic relationship and the latter’s plan to connect India at the Vietnam–India Business Forum.
Run by Vietnam’s first self-made woman billionaire Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao with $3.4 billion net worth as per a report by Forbes, the airline is also popularly known as ‘bikini airline’.
Launched in December 2011, the budget airline had created controversy in 2012 following its racy “sexist” marketing stunts. The airline has been publishing an annual calendar featuring bikini-clad models dressed as flight attendants, pilots and ground staff and also made occasional headlines with having its scantily-clad stewardesses serving the aisles.
The airline landed in soup in 2012 when five female bikini-clad flight attendants took part in a mid-flight dance posing as beauty pageant contestants. Following the incident, the airline was fined £678.20 (around Rs 62,000), since it had not obtained permission from Vietnam’s aviation authorities, The Sun reported.
Sources said at present, there are no direct flights between the two countries. The airline has a fleet of 55 aircraft and operates 385 flights daily on its 82 routes spanning Vietnam and across to international destinations.