President Trump attends Sabre event in Vietnam

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At the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, from left, Sabre Travel Solutions president Dave Shirk, President Donald Trump, Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam Airlines CEO Duong Tri Thanh, and Vietnam Airlines CIO Trinh Hong Quang.
At the Presidential Palace in Hanoi, from left, Sabre Travel Solutions president Dave Shirk, President Donald Trump, Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong, Vietnam Airlines CEO Duong Tri Thanh, and Vietnam Airlines CIO Trinh Hong Quang.

Sabre on Wednesday announced an expanded strategic relationship with Vietnam Airlines. U.S. President Donald Trump and Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong were both present at the signing ceremony, held at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

President Trump and Vietnamese leaders presided over trade deals Wednesday morning, including the one between Sabre and Vietnam Airlines and Boeing aircraft agreements with VietJet and Bamboo Airways.

The memorandum of understanding between Vietnam Airlines and Sabre "describes Vietnam Airlines' intention to significantly expand their existing strategic relationship with Sabre, with a potential value of over $300 million."

It includes technology from Sabre's AirVision and AirCenter, complementing SabreSonic, the passenger service system Vietnam Airlines uses. The efforts, Sabre said, will help the profitability and digital abilities of the airline.

One of Vietnam Airlines' subsidiaries will also start using SabreSonic, as outlined in the memorandum of understanding.

Earlier this month, the Federal Aviation Administration has determined that Vietnam's civil aviation authority complies with international aviation safety standards, opening the door for Vietnamese carriers to fly to the U.S. 

President Trump is also in Vietnam for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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