The first Vietnamese private aircraft will take to the skies next week, says its owner Doan Nguyen Duc, chairman of the Hoang Anh Gia Lai Joint Stock Company (HAGL), a well-known Vietnamese conglomerate.

Duc told Thanh Nien Wednesday that the Vietnam Air Services Co. has finished 95 percent of procedures permitting his Beechcraft King Air 350 to take off.

When the procedures get completed by next week, the plane will fly from Ho Chi Minh City to Pleiku Town, where HAGL is headquartered, in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai, Duc said.

Duc bought the aircraft from the US for US$7 million in May this year.

Reported by Tran Hung