United Airlines sees 20% growth in five years’ Vietnam service

United Airlines, the world’s second largest airline, said it has recorded average yearly growth of 20% in passenger traffic to Vietnam over the past five years.

A United Airlines plane

The American carrier is celebrating its fifth anniversary of operations in Vietnam this week. In December 2004, United became the first US carrier to fly to Vietnam, operating a daily service between San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City via Hong Kong, using Boeing 747-400 aircraft.

United has served transported more than 700,000 passengers in the past five years, contributing into fostering trade and tourism ties between the two countries, said Ms. Clodelsa Ty, United Airlines country manager in Vietnam.

The airline will make a lucky draw for its passengers on December 11, with prizes including a round trip ticket from HCMC to San Francisco, a round trip ticket from HCM City to Hong Kong, cabin upgrades on next trips, lounge invitations and souvenirs.

United has brought into service 180-degree fully-flat bed seats with iPod connectivity to its First and Business Class on all flights in and out of Vietnam.

By Tuong Thuy

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