Top News Vietravel Airlines set for maiden flight By TTG Asia / Posted on 4 January, 2021 16:31 Vietravel Airlines has been given the green light by the country’s aviation authority to begin operating commercial flights, with plans to take to the skies in mid-January. The airline has begun selling tickets since January 1. With a hub in Phu Bai International Airport near Hue, Vietravel Airlines will initially operate services to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, before expanding to major tourist destinations like Nha Trang, Danang and Dalat, reported VnExpress. It also plans to fly to South-east Asia, North-east Asia and the Middle East. Vietravel Airlines, Vietnam’s sixth carrier, will begin flight operations this month The airline has taken delivery of its first 220-seat Airbus A321 plane and is due to receive two more before the peak Lunar New Year travel season, according to the report. As well, it has hired some 200 pilots and flight attendants, and plans to expand its fleet to 30 for international operations. Joining Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Pacific Airlines, Vietnam Air Services Company and the Bamboo Airways, Vietravel Airlines is the sixth air carrier in launch in the country, amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic that has posed unprecedented challenges to the aviation industry.