Vietnam Air Services Company

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Vietnam Air Services Company
IATA
0V
ICAO
VFC
Callsign
VASCO AIR
Founded 1987
Hubs Tan Son Nhat International Airport
Focus cities Con Dao Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 6
Parent company Vietnam Airlines Corporation
Headquarters Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Key people Bui Ngoc Hoang
Website vasco.com.vn/?lang=en

Vietnam Air Services Company (VASCO) (Vietnamese: Công ty bay dịch vụ hàng không) is an airline in Vietnam headquartered in Tân Bình, Ho Chi Minh City.[1] Operating scheduled flights from its base at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in the south of the country, VASCO is a fully owned subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines. It also conducts charter flights, medical evacuations, SAR operations, oil platforms flights, and other aviation services.[2]

VASCO was established by government directive in 1987, and was originally a part of Vietnam Airlines, the national carrier.[3] It began scheduled passenger flights independently of Vietnam Airlines in 2004,[4] and approval has been given for it to be partially privatized.[5] It has been reported that Vietnam Airlines wishes to use VASCO as a basis for a low-cost carrier, established in conjunction with foreign partners.[5][6]

Destinations[edit]

A VASCO ATR-72 on the ground at Co Ong Airport, Con Dao, Vietnam.

VASCO currently flies to five destinations in Vietnam.[7]

Former destinations
  • Philippines – Subic Bay [8]
  • Vietnam – Da Nang, Quy Nhon, Rach Gia, Vung Tau [9][10]

Fleet[edit]

The fleet consists of the following aircraft :

VASCO fleet
Aircraft Total Order Passengers Routes Notes
ATR 72-200 2 0 60 Short haul

Restructuring and rebranding[edit]

It is believed[when?] that Vietnam Airlines, VASCO's parent company wants to change the airline into a low-cost model, therefore changing VASCO's operational name to Viet Air. It is also believed that the airline would be serving domestic flights within Vietnam to destinations that are low-yielding as well as competing head on with Jetstar Pacific and VietJet Air. Vietnam Airlines would add more aircraft to Viet Air's fleet if the plans are materialized.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home." Vietnam Air Services Company. Retrieved on December 21, 2010. "Copyright by VIETNAM AIR SERVICES CO(VASCO) B114 Bach Dang St,Ward 2, Tan Binh Dist, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam"
  2. ^ "VASCO website: About Us". 
  3. ^ "VASCO website: About Us". 
  4. ^ "Vietnam Airlines’ revenue takes off". Viet Nam News. 17 July 2004. 
  5. ^ a b "Vietnamese government approves country's first privately owned airline". Forbes. 30 November 2007. 
  6. ^ "2007: Vietnam’s aviation industry will renew itself". Vietnam Economic Times. 1 November 2007. 
  7. ^ "VASCO website: Flight Schedule" (in Vietnamese). 
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ [2]
  10. ^ [3]

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