In the first three months of 2019, Vietnam Airlines operated nearly 33,500 flights, a rise of 2 percent over the same time last year, serving 5.4 million passengers, up 2.5 percent compared to the first quarter of 2018.

The market share of Vietnam Airlines and its member carriers remained stable, owning 52 percent of the domestic market share.

The carrier’s on-time performance (OTP) reached 90 percent, even during the peak season of the Lunar New Year festival.

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Furthermore, in the reviewed period, nearly 50 percent of Vietnam Airlines’ passengers used online check-in services through the carrier’s website and check-in kiosks at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat international airports.

As of March 31, 2019, Vietnam Airlines had 6,468 employees, a drop of 7 percent year-on-year, but their productivity rose 10 percent against the same period last year.

At the same time, the carrier launched a number of new air routes, including HCM City - Chu Lai, Da Nang - Can Tho, and Da Nang - Vinh. Its fleet was expanded with two new Airbus A321 Neo models and one Airbus A350-900.

During the period, Vietnam Airlines partnered with Singapore Technologies Aerospace to form a joint venture in aircraft maintenance and repairing, while signing cooperation agreements with the US-based Sabre Group, and the Cambodian Ministry of Tourism in the 2019-2021 period.

In the second quarter of 2019, the carrier will put an additional 10 Airbus A321 Neo into operation, while receiving the first Boeing 787-10. It plans to list its shares on the Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange and organize the annual shareholders’ meeting for 2019.

In addition, Vietnam Airlines will work to ensure flight safety, security, and service quality, especially during the upcoming South Liberation Day (March 30) and May Day (May 1) holidays.

Source: VNA