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Cambodia,Lao peoples democratic republic,Vietnam : VIETNAM: Airlines started using flight simulators to assess direct route amid HANOI & HCMC.

Two air carriers of Vietnam have deployed flight simulators to make assessments on the nonstop air routes between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City via the airspace of Cambodia in bid to reduce travel time involving these two key domestic destinations, according to recent local media reports.

With Boeing 777, Airbus A321 and A320 simulators, Vietnam Airlines and VietJet Air have reportedly launched flight simulations of the new route, known as the golden air route, over the Cambodian airspace on Friday.

The partners will continue the trial run over the south of Laos and the northwestern corner of Cambodia till 3rd September, 2014, and then the Vietnamese aviation authorities with their Laotian and Cambodian counterparts will take decision on either to approve the new route or not.

The Director (Air Navigation) at the State Secretariat of Civil Aviation (SSCA) in Cambodia - Chhun Sivorn has revealed that the airlines plan to use the airspace of Cambodia looks sensible.

Sivorn added, The Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority requested us to facilitate Vietnamese airlines to fly their domestic flights. Currently, those airlines fly over their own territory rather than through Laos and Cambodia, and it takes a very long time.

The Transport Minister of Vietnam Dinh La Thang in July had requested the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) and SSCA in Cambodia to talk about approving the new flight routes.

The Vietnamese Minister has stressed that approval from the SSCA and the Lao government on the new route will facilitate the airline operators of Vietnam to cut their fuel expenses by $300 million a year.

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Date:Sep 5, 2014
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