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|The image of the flight before taking off to depart to Europe last morning (Photo: dangcongsan).|
The plane Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner named "Halong Bay" Bamboo Airways departed from Tan Son Nhat international airport, transited at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand to pick up more 200 passengers, then on the 7 hour flying way to Kaunas airport in Lithuania to land at 17:15 (local time).
The flight was approved in according with a proposal from the European Union and the Lithuanian government, a Bamboo Airways spokesperson said.
Among the 220 European citizens on board the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner are 120 Lithuanians.
|A Bamboo Airways flight from Hanoi to the Czech Republic carrying 300 European citizens on March 25, 2020. Photo courtesy of Bamboo Airways|
It will not take any passengers on the way back to prevent any risk of Covid-19 infection.
Vietnamese carriers have suspended all international flights to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus and the Bamboo Airways flight is the first flight to Lithuania by a Vietnamese private carrier.
Before and after the flight, the entire cockpit, passenger compartment and cargo hold will be disinfected.
Prior to boarding, passengers were given a health check, ensured medical clearance and the maintenance of a minimum distance of two meters between two persons when queuing for check-in. Wearing a face mask during the flight is mandatory.
|All of aircrew members are equipped international - standard protections (Photo: dangcongsan)|
Bamboo Airways has cooperated with diplomatic agencies to carry out several flights on humanitarian considerations.
On March 25, a one-way flight from Hanoi to the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague, brought back nearly 300 European citizens.
Vietnamese carriers including Vietnam Airlines have also operated several flights to bring Vietnamese stranded overseas home.
Since March 22, Vietnam has prohibited entry for all foreign nationals, including those of Vietnamese origin and family members with visa waivers. Only Vietnamese nationals and foreigners with diplomatic or official passports are allowed in, and all are quarantined for 14 days.
On April 1 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Ha Long Bay finished its humanitarian -mission flight to carry 220 passengers including European nationalities such as German, Russian, Lithuania...back to Lithuania. Then at 09:30 am today, the flight numbered QH9092 took no any passengers departed from Kaunas, Lithuania to Hanoi and landed at Noi Bai airport.
In Kaunas, when the last passenger got off the plane, the airscrew immediatly prepared to fly back to Vietnam without any passengers picked up. On near 11 hour flying way back to Vietnam only presenting 18 people including 6 pilots and 12 attendants in Bamboo Airways.
The airline expressed its willingness to run one-way flight taking foreign passengers on return home demand from Vietnam and fly back without passengers if receiving approvals by related management agencies.
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