In a corner of Hanoi's Noi Bai International airport is a derelict Ilyushin IL-18 in the livery of Vietnam Airways, a forerunner to the Vietnam Airlines of today. The Cold War icon sits on flat tires, corrosion all but obscuring its blue and white livery. It rests in clear sight of Hanoi's two parallel runways, a silent witness to the revolution taking place within Vietnam’s airline sector – and the major changes in Vietnam Airlines itself.
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