VietJet Air is reportedly in talks with Somphong Sooksanguan, president of Kan Air and owner of debt-collecting firm Kannithi Co, to launch Thai VietJet Air, a Thai subsidiary (Bangkok Post, 29-May-2013). Under an agreement, Mr Sooksanguan would own 51% of Thai VietJet Air while the remaining share will be owned by VietJet Air due to the Thai Government's restrictions on foreign ownership. No further details have been released.
VietJet Air is in talks to launch Thai VietJet Air
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