Vietnam Airlines earned a pre-tax profit of $8.1 million in 2009, down 42.1% from the $14 million reported in 2008, according to a statement cited by Agence France Presse in Hanoi. The airline cited the global recession and H1N1 flu as the primary culprits for the drop. Revenue declined 16.7% to $1.3 billion as passengers increased 5.7% to 9.3 million. It expects to carry 11 million passengers in 2010.

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