Vietjet Air, the airline that skyrocketed to fame for featuring bikini-clad stewardesses and making it’s founder Vietnam’s first female billionaire, has officially announced its plan to serve flights to Indonesia without the revealing and popular bikini gimmick.
According to deputy director for commercial affairs, Jay L. Lingeswara, the bikini-wearing attendants are only featured during specific occasions. “We strongly believe and are committed to offering the best and suitable services to the Indonesian market,” he said, The Jakarta Post reported.
Indonesian Transportation Minister, Budi Karya Sumadi, reassured the public that Vietjet Air will make certain adjustments to their attendants’ dress coding for the flights to and from the country.
“There won’t be [bikini uniform]. I’ve told them that this is a Muslim-majority country. We have to respect each other, and I asked them to wear decent dresses,” he said during the press conference in Jakarta on Aug. 22, Tempo reported.
The flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is being expected to start by the end of the year. “We’re finalizing the plan. The course will be served on December 20. It could change if there’s something on the way,” Budi said.
The decision to open up flight routes connecting to Indonesia and other countries is part of the plan that Vietjet Air’s CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, envisioned for the company.
“VietJet aims to be an international airline, not just a local one,” she said. “I have always aimed big and done big deals. I never done anything on a small scale. When people were trading one container [of goods], I was already trading hundreds of containers.”
The low-cost, Vietnamese airbus company has already invested around $11 billion dollars last year for new 737 MAX 200 airplanes. These new planes, according to reports, are expected to be delivered between 2019 and 2023.