VNA cooperates with King Power for in-flight duty-free sales By Le Anh A flight attendant serves food to passengers on a Vietnam Airlines aircraft – PHOTO: COURTESY OF VIETNAM AIRLINES HCMC – National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines (VNA) will officially offer an in-flight duty-free service called “Lotushop” in October in collaboration with Hong Kong-based King Power Traveler. The carrier will join forces with King Power Traveler for five years to expand and develop Lotushop to meet four-star standards, in line with United Kingdom-based Skytrax’s international standards. Lotushop provides diverse products, such as perfumes, cosmetics, watches, suitcases and handbags, for passengers on 30 international air routes to South Korea, Japan, China, Great Britain, France, Russia and Germany. Prices for these products are said to be 15% lower than those sold in stores. Experts from King Power Traveler and banks will train flight attendants, teaching them sales skills, product information and ways to use information technology equipment, among other things. Le Hong Ha, deputy general director of VNA, said the carrier aims to provide passengers with international-standard services, so the move is part of plans to develop it into a five-star airline, Ha added. King Power Traveler, specializing in supplying duty-free services on aircraft, was ranked among the Asia-Pacific region’s best in-flight duty-free service providers by the World Travel Awards for three consecutive years.