company Security Equipment Supplies (SES) is talking to potential partners,
including Vietnam Airlines’ Vietnam Air Services (VASCO), about working
together to operate an air taxi service in Vietnam
using Cessna aircraft.
has spoken to three potential partners including VASCO about operating an air
taxi service, the head of SES, Salom Saphyr, says from Hanoi.
[plan] to operate one or more executive jets, probably more, and one or two
Cessna Caravans,” says Saphyr, adding that he is
interested in is the Cessna Citation XLS.
jet aircraft would primarily be used for corporate charters and the Cessna 208
Caravans would be for tourism charters and special missions such as aerial
photography, says Saphyr.
there are no business jets registered in Vietnam
but Saphyr says “now is the right time” to develop
business aviation in the country.
already has some aviation experience in Vietnam
because from 1992-94 it operated an air taxi service in partnership with VASCO
using a Britten-Norman
Islander and a Cessna
185, says Saphyr.
the partnership ended because in 1994 VASCO bought a Raytheon Beech Super King
Air and used that aircraft instead, he adds.
comes under Vietnam Airlines and mostly does passenger charters and cargo
flights but in more recent times has taken over some of the national carrier’s
scheduled passenger services on smaller domestic routes.
operates the scheduled passenger flights using two ATR 72s from Vietnam
Airlines and for charters and cargo flights it uses various aircraft such as a Convair 580 and the King Air.