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Vietnamese carriers sign $21 bn in aviation deals with US firms

February 27, 2019 / France 24

Vietnamese carriers signed $21 billion in aviation deals with US firms on Wednesday as US President Donald Trump met with top leaders in Hanoi ahead of his summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un.Trump has urged Hanoi to narrow its gaping trade gap with Washington as part of his "America First" clarion call, urging Vietnam to buy more made-in-USA goods.The communist country's aviation sector has boomed in recent years thanks to a rapidly expanding middle class with growing appetites -- and budgets -- for air travel.Three of Vietnam's top airlines signed several deals for planes, engines and maintenance contracts on Wednesday as Trump met with the country's top leaders in Hanoi ahead of his much-anticipated second summit with Kim later Wednesday.