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Bikini airline strikes again

Vietnam’s first female billionaire may be the boss, but given this airline’s behaviour of late, you’d be forgiven for thinking the carrier was Trump’s.

What better way to celebrate the heroic return (they lost) of an U/23 male football team than by showering them with the attention of bikini-clad models? If you answered “ANY OTHER WAY” then, unlike the powers that be at VietJet Air’s flight logistics department, you’re likely pretty well evolved and informed.


Image of Vietjet calendar (Sources Facebook)


While momentum gathered across the world for the #MeToo movement, a movement meant to demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment of women, some clods at VietJet thought it a good idea to host a lingerie show for a returning group of athletes flying aboard one of the company’s flights.


The stunt cost the airline VND44 million (AU$2,398) in fines from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, Vietnam News reported.


According to the Civil Aviation Authority, while VietJet’s activities didn’t render the flight unsafe, they “potentially threatened safety”. 


The agency also sought an administrative fine of VND4 million (AU$218) against the flight’s chief steward for “neglecting to inform the captain” of the incident.


VietJet Air chief executive Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao sent her “sincere apologies” via Facebook, claiming the stunt was “improvised” by the flight logistics department. 


This is not the first time the airline’s affinity for bikini-clad women caused a stir. In 2012, VietJet was fined for a dance performed by bikini-clad cabin crew. In 2013, there was yet another provocative dance, and then you simply have to look through photos posted on the airline’s Facebook page to see their fondness for the swimwear.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 31 January 2018

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