Sharaf Travel has been appointed General Sales Agent in the United Arab Emirates for Vietnam Airlines. The announcement follows a meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, between Dr Pham Ngoc Minh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines and Mr Ibrahim Sharaf, President of the Sharaf Group where the General Sales Agency agreement was signed.
“We are delighted to appoint Sharaf Travel as our General Sales Agent in the United Arab Emirates and look forward to operating our service, when possible to dynamic and exciting Dubai.” said Dr Pham Ngoc Minh.
Commenting on the new partnership with Vietnam Airlines, which came into force on 16th June, 2008, Mr Ibrahim Sharaf said,
““It is a great honour for Sharaf Travel to represent Vietnam Airlines in the UAE. I am confident that reinstatement of the Vietnam Airlines flights to Dubai will facilitate tourism and trade between the two countries and foster stronger relationships.””
Mr Trinh Hong Quang, Director Passenger Marketing, Vietnam Airlines extended his congratulations to Sharaf Travel and commented that the airline is very keen to operate flights to Dubai in due course.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates flights to 41 international and 20 domestic destinations, with a fleet consisting of 49 passenger aircraft. The fleet includes 10 x B777-200ER, 10 x A320-20, 13 x A321-20 and the average age of aircraft in the fleet is 6.5 years. Vietnam Airlines have on order 16 x B787-8, five of these will be delivered in 2009 and with the remaining delivered by 2012. Vietnam Airlines has signed an MOU for the order of 10 x A350 XWB and an additional 20 x A321s.