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Jun 09, 2020 / 11:23

Vietnam operates 3rd flight to repatriate citizens from US

The first repatriation flight to the US took place a month ago.

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines has finished the third flight to bring its citizens in US home at a time when the number of coronavirus infections in the US approached two million.

 Vietnam has operated the 3rd repatriation flight from the US. Photo: Vietnam Airlines

On June 9, more than 340 passengers arrived in Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines’ most modern airplane, Boeing 787-10.

Passengers are those in the priority list, including children under 18, the elderly, people with pre-existing diseases, and students without dormitories.

On way from Hanoi to San Francisco, Vietnam Airlines carried American nationals and more than two tons of face masks as pandemic relief by Hanoi’s authorities.

 Staff of Consulate General of Vietnam in San Francisco. Photo: MOFA

All crewmembers and passengers were required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), face masks, and gloves.

A group of 30 crewmembers served the transcontinental flight lasting for 33 hours.

Vietnam Airlines operated the first direct repatriation flight to the US to help more than 340 citizens fly home on May 8, followed by the second one on May 16.

Vietnam continues repatriating its citizens amid the rising global coronavirus infections and tightened travel restrictions.

As of June 9, the country has confirmed 329 cases and zero deaths.

So far, the country has repatriated nearly 6,000 citizens from different parts of the world.