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VietJet signs $400m deal with Rolls-Royce for provision of aircraft engines, services


Budget airline Vietjet has signed a $400-million agreement with British company Rolls Royce for aircraft engines for its wide-body fleet and engine servicing.

The signing ceremony on Sunday was witnessed by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, who is in the U.K. for the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference, according to a statement from the airline.

Rolls Royce Civil Aerospace’s chief customer officer, Ewen McDonald, said the company’s Trent 700 engine has the lowest lifetime fuel burn on its aircraft type, and has logged more than 60 million hours in service since its launch in 1995.

It is the only engine specifically designed for Vietjet’s wide-body aircraft, he said without naming the model.

The carrier’s managing director, Dinh Viet Phuong, said the new engines would improve flight range and quality and boost Vietjet aircraft’s technical reliability and operational efficiency.

Vietjet has a fleet of 90 single-aisle aircraft.

Rolls-Royce has more than 400 airlines and leasing customers and 160 armed forces and navies.

Vietjet, which began flying in 2011, also signed a $20-million reinsurance agreement with brokers Gallagher Co. and Willis Towers Watson Co. for its entire fleet, according to a separate statement it put out.



Heritage, ‘Ao dai’ to be promoted during 28th Viet Nam Film Festival


The festival will feature 128 films from 42 units, including 26 feature films, 56 documentaries, 15 scientific films, and 31 animated films. A number of side line events will be organized both in virtual and in-person forms.

This year’s event will present two new awards, one for a feature film with the best cinematography, and the other for outstanding debut by a director.

It has been 22 years that the Vietnam Film Festival returns to Hue city, after the 1999 edition. To date, all preparations have been completed.

Within the framework of the festival, together with programmes offering experience of Thua Thien-Hue’s green and safe tourism products, a gala show themed “Ao dai – Cinematography” will be organized.

Hue, which was the imperial capital of Vietnam for over 100 years, is home to five heritages recognized by UNESCO, which are the Hue ancient citadel relic complex – a World Cultural Heritage site; Nha Nhac (Hue royal court music)- an intangible cultural heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s wood blocks – a documentary heritage item; Nguyen Dynasty’s Chau ban (royal administrative documents) – part of the Asia-Pacific Register of UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme; and literature on Hue royal architecture – a documentary heritage.

Source: VNA


Oxford University’s college to be probably named after Vietnamese businesswoman who committed $211mn donation


Linacre College, a constituent college of the University of Oxford in the UK, is seeking permission to change its name to Thao College, after Vietnamese businesswoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao committed a £155 million (US$211 million) donation to the school.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce that we have signed a memorandum of understanding with Sovico Group, represented by their chairwoman Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, to receive a philanthropy donation of a total of £155 million,” Linacre College announced on its website on Monday.

“This gift will have a transformative impact on Linacre College and we are immensely grateful for their generosity.”
On Sunday, Sovico Group’s chairwoman Thao and principal of Linacre College Nick Brown signed the MoU on mutual cooperation and investment in education research and development in Edinburgh, Scotland, the group said in a statement.
The MoU also mentioned the development of a college under the University of Oxford system and the establishment of a scholarship fund worth £7.5 million ($10.2 million) for students from Vietnam and other countries, the Vietnamese company added.

Linacre College’s website additionally stated that they are asking the Privy Council for permission to change the school name from Linacre College to Thao College in recognition of this landmark gift after receiving the first donation of £50 million.
Thao is known as the founder and chairwoman of Sovico Group, a shareholder of the first private airline in Vietnam, Vietjet Air, and vice-chairwoman of HDBank, a large commercial lender.

The businesswoman has an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion, according Forbes magazine.

She ranked 1,111th on the Forbes 2021 World’s Richest List.



Da Nang reopens beaches, hotels as COVID-19 After Controlling Covid-19


Swimming is only allowed from 4:30 am to 6:30 pm at designated areas and residents are asked to keep a safe distance of at least one meter from each other.

Hotels and other accommodation facilities can only rent out no more than 30 percent of their rooms or up to 50 percent if all the guests are fully vaccinated or recovered from COVID-19 within six months.

The central city also allows outdoor physical and sport activities but a gathering of over 20 persons are prohibited, as well as meetings and training courses with no more than 20 participants in a room.

Other services such as amusement complexes, karaoke parlors, bars, night clubs, movie theaters, casinos, cultural festivals, sports tournaments, night markets, and pedestrian streets have yet to reopen.

All public agencies, organizations and businesses are requested to design operation plans that are pandemic adaptive and to install equipment to get visitors to scan



Guidance on welcoming arrivals in Da Nang from other localities nationwide


The Da Nang People’s Committee has recently issued Official Letter No. 6603/HD-UBND guiding citizens from other localities to enter Da Nang on the basis of compliance with a number of COVID-19 prevention and control measures from September 30.




2 new species of animals in Viet Nam’s red list of threatened species found in Da Nang


Da Nang’s Son Tra Nature Reserve is now home to 515 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and insects. Meanwhile, a combined total of 442 the aforementioned species have been found at the Ba Na-Nui Chua Nature Reserve, and 205 species at the Nam Hai Van landscape protection area.

Most notably, 2 new species of animals, listed in Viet Nam’s red list of threatened species, have been recently found in the nature reserves of Son Tra and Ba Na – Nui Chua in the city.

Since 2015, forest protection staff in the city have made 93 records of administrative violations related to wildlife law enforcement and management.

The information was released by the Da Nang Forest Protection Department at a Thursday webinar on combating wildlife trafficking and the illegal consumption of wild animals and wildlife products.

The one-day event was hosted by the municipal Department of Natural Sources and the Environment, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in Viet Nam, and the Vietnam Green Water Biodiversity Conservation Center (Green Viet).

Also at the event, the organizers launched an online photo exhibition entitled “Voices for Diversity” at The event, running from September 30 – October 8, features close to 100 impressive wildlife photos and videos.



Da Nang’s museums ready to welcome visitors back


After the ‘stay-at-home’ order applied to Da Nang’s population has been lifted, many museums citywide have resumed their operations. Aside from tackling a huge backlog of work, museum staff have been busy cleaning artifacts and rearranging display spaces inside the museums in preparation for their further reopening as the COVID-19 pandemic has been brought under control in the city.

Artist Truong Nguyen Nguyen Kha, Head of the Professions Office at the Da Nang-based Fine Arts Museum, remarked that 4 security guards were assigned to stay at the museum for working under ‘3-on- the-spot’ (on-site production, on-site dining, on-site resting) approach during the social distancing period.

Meanwhile, work-at-home staff were responsible for using popular social networks to organize online exhibitions and virtual tours in an effort to help their audience access remotely these events during their closings.

“So far, all museum staff have returned to work. They have been focusing on checking the status of artifacts at storage warehouses and rearranging display spaces inside the museum in preparation for their further reopening” said Mr Kha.

From now until late 2021, the museum plans to host an exhibition entitled “Images of women in arts works by the late artist Le Cong Thanh” in the build up to the 91st founding anniversary of the Vietnam Women’s Union (October 20, 1930-2021), along with a gallery dedicated to a collection of comic paintings created by painter Vinh Khoa on the occasion of the Viet Nam Cultural Heritage Day (November 23).



Fighting fake news in the time of COVID-19


In our digital age, an overabundance of infodemics carrying inaccurate and even misleading information spread like wildfire, causing fuels skepticism and distrust, which may stir up fear and anxiety amongst residents, as well as adversely affect pandemic prevention and control duties. Therefore, we need to stay awake so as to combat the spread of misinformation when scrolling through social media.



How to safely shop at markets amid COVID-19 wave

The Da Nang Department of Industry has released plans for the resumption of business activities at wet markets across the city after 8:00am on September 5 when the 10-day extension of the ‘stay-at-home’ order applied to the entire population expires. Below are some key measures to block your exposure to the virus during shopping trips amid the complex developments of COVID-19 in the city.



Project of Hue – Da Nang steam trains for tourists to be approved

Recently, the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport has approved a project of using steam-locomotive trains on the Hue – Da Nang Railway, a part of the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh route, for tourism purposes.

The project will be jointly carried out by Vietnam Railways (VNR) and Indochina Rail Tourist Service Co., Ltd. 

The developers need to complete the necessary infrastructures such as swing bridges or standard fire hydrants to enable the operation of the steam locomotive.
Investing VND 81billion in total, the Indochina Rail Co., Ltd has to pay for the railway section use and return the infrastructure when required by the Ministry. On the other hand, VNR will manage transportation services and operating charts.

Steam trains were no longer used in Vietnam in the 1990s and replaced by diesel-driven ones.
Operating through Hai Van Pass – one of the most beautiful passes in Vietnam, the new steam trains include VIP wagons, restaurants, kitchen, wagons for sightseeing, promisingly attracting more tourists from Lang Co (Hue) to Danang.

The steam train operation will not affect passenger and freight transportation on the North-South railway route.


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