Vietjet’s hot air balloon lands in America

Monday, Oct 09, 2017 15:34

Pilots get ready for the best flight. — VNS Photo

Vietjet’s air balloon featuring its beautiful and young flight attendant participated in the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2017 in the US, the largest balloon festival in the world.

Vietjet’s balloon sports the colours of the Vietnamese national flag — red and yellow — and is 25m high and 18m wide. The balloon can cover a large distance and reach a maximum height of nearly 1,000m, is showcased to visitors from October 7 to October 15.

Festival visitors have the opportunity to watch the Vietjet balloon lift into the panoramic sky view of Albuquerque while meeting the airline’s friendly models.

Launched in 2016, Vietjet balloon has participated in a series of major festivals in Viet Nam and around the world. At the 2016 Hue Festival, the Vietjet balloon was the only representative of Viet Nam to participate in the 2016 International Hot Air Balloon Festival with balloons from eight other countries, including UK, Netherlands, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.

In August the same year, the balloon made its first overseas appearance at Taiwan’s largest hot air balloon festival, LuyeGaotai, in Taitung City. The company continues to be the only representative from Viet Nam to participate in the ninth "My Balloon Fiesta" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with 18 participants from 11 different countries in March 2017. After the US, the Vietjet balloon will travel to its next destination in Japan in November 2017.

First held in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an annual festival of hot air balloons that takes place every October in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This year’s theme is inflate your imagination through countless colours and shapes, and endless possibilities of fun and exploration.

The 46th fiesta, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from October 7 to October 15, attracted more than 550 balloons and nearly 1,000 pilots worldwide. This year’s event also featured more than 94 unique balloon designs from 22 countries, including the US, Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Brazil, the Czech Republic and Japan. — VNS

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