There's an airline out there that lets its flight attendants walk around in nothing but bikinis. What's more, the airline has made one woman Vietnam's first female billionaire.
Imagine you're on an airplane and mid-flight, a whole bunch of flight attendants casually walk through the partitions in nothing but bikinis. Sounds like a dream, right? What if we told you this isn't a dream. There's an airline out there that lets its flight attendants walk around in bikinis. What's more, the airline has made one woman Vietnam's first female billionaire.
Sovico Holdings Plans to Buy another 3% Stake in VietJet Air for $123 Million: Billionaire Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and her related parties will raise their combined holdings in VietJet Air to 52% after Sovico’s transactions. https://t.co/jISJt4JecH pic.twitter.com/QNivqTdkyP— BizNEWS (@BizNEWS_vn) March 21, 2018
As reported by Business Today, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao launched VietJet back in November 2007. The privately-owned airline was launched initially as a low-cost domestic flight option. But VietJet soon gained attention when a 2011 ad campaign featured bikini-clad attendants. Soon, VietJet's image itself changed from a low-cost airline to a 'bikini' airline.
#BREAKING : Vietnamese low cost 'bikini airline' to launch in India soon with Expectation of 100% Gents Occupancy 😂😜#sundaymotivation #airlines #TravelBlog #bikinis #Trending pic.twitter.com/TgTBPnodef— RJNUPUR_RadioCity (@rjnupur) March 18, 2018
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao isn't new to being hugely successful. The successful entrepreneur made her first million when she was only 21 years old while studying finance and economics in Moscow. She began distributing goods from Japan, South Korea, and Hong Kong in the then Soviet Union.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is soaring! Founded VietJet Air, Vietnam's first budget airline, in 2007, she is now Southeast Asia's ONLY woman billionaire. #StrongWomen #PowerUp https://t.co/VzoOZEGpFd pic.twitter.com/fearX2m2Ct— Johns Hopkins Alumni (@JHU_Alumni) March 20, 2018
Thao's success multiplied when she took her low-budget airline public. Now, she is one of the most successful Vietnamese female entrepreneurs and is also Vietnam's first female billionaire. Thao is also touted as one of the wealthiest people on the planet.
VietJet's attendants don't walk around in bikinis throughout the whole flight. Attendants only switch to 'beach-party' gear on special flights. VietJet's motto is 'Enjoy Flying!', and boy do they make it memorable! Recently, the flight got into a bit of trouble for treating Vietnam's U23 football team to a bikini show. To be fair, the team's spirits were lifted because they were returning from an Asian football tournament in China, which they lost badly to the team from Uzbekistan.
Even though the airline has been heavily criticized for the bikini-clad women, they're continuing the mid-air beach parties. The airline has also been penalized by Vietnamese authorities for some of its in-flight 'entertainment'. The civil aviation authority of Vietnam fined the airline 40 million dong ($1,761) for their mid-flight 'entertainment'. The airline was also fined 20 million dongs (around $1,000) when it hosted a Hawaiian-theme mid-flight luau.
But the fines have barely put a dent in Thao's enormous wealth. Soon, her company will be going public and is only going to add to Thao's immense $1.37 billion wealth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Thao's sharp business sense pushed her to launch titillating calendars featuring scantily clad models posing as flight attendants, ground staff as well as pilots, which also added to her profits.
The airline only flies to resort destinations in Vietnam and is now planning to launch a new flight route that goes from Vietnam to India.
Check out this video of VietJet's mid-flight parties:Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.