Boeing have released the following video of their 787 Dreamliner preparing for the 2015 Paris Airshow, the video shows Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner make an amazing near 90 degree vertical take off. Vietnam Airlines are scheduled to take delivery of this aircraft and put it into service in the next month and you can read more about their new aircraft here: Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Photos and Delivery Date
Vietnam Airlines has released a seat map of its upcoming Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner that it will take deliveries of from mid-2015, click above picture to open a larger version of this image. Also check out the photo of each cabin (link opens in new window so you can continue reading) Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Photos The Aircraft will feature three classes Economy, Premium Economy and Business Class see the above link for pictures and more details on each class. Economy Class 211 seats in a 3-3-3 seating config Premium Economy Class 35 seats in a 2-3-2 Business Class with 28 seats in a 1-2-1 layout
Vietnam Airlines recently the airline has selected General Electric Next Generation (GEnx) propulsion System for its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet that is expected to go into operation from the beginning of 2015. Vietnam Airlines has committed to purchasing 8 Boeing 787 Dreamliners to help position the airline at the forefront of Aviation in the region. The agreement contractual signing which occurred on 28 October 2013 sees the airline buy and lease 40 new jet engines from GE. The GEnx propulsion system provides a fuel saving of up to 15 percent compared to previous system in addition to being the quietest engines in the Sky.
In June 2013 I flew from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam Airlines Business Class, as a regular traveller to Vietnam with 1 or more trips per year and also having worked there you would be surprised to hear I have never flown from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh city direct with Vietnam Airlines, usually opting to fly via Singapore or Darwin with Qantas or Jetstar so I was very eager to fly this route for the first time and in Business Class. To jump to any section of this review click on the below links Check-in and Boarding | Vietnam Airlines Business Class Meal Service | Vietnam Airlines Business Class Seat | Inflight entertainment and Tech | Final Thoughts and Verdict Check-in and Boarding Arriving at the check-in counter around 45 minutes before they opened there was already around a 50 meter long line of eager passengers in the in the queue who must have had the same idea as me check-in early then relax, my immediate thought, this is going to be a very long day then I remembered I was booked in Business Class and immediately started to relax. When check-in opened I headed straight for the Business Class counter and was fairly quickly checked-in, phew check-in done. I don’t normally like check-in at the best of times but check in to Vietnam Airlines Business Class was quick, efficient and pleasant. Boarding was called and I headed for the Business Class line where I boarded instantly and went straight to my allocated seat 3H. Vietnam Airlines operate Airbus A330 300 on the Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City route and on boarding my first impressions was how spacious the Business Class cabin was especially leg room. The business class cabin consists of 36 seats laid out in a 2-2-2 seating configuration, lucky for me and other solo travellers Business Class was only half full which equated to a vacant seat next to each of us, a welcome a bonus and great when doing a review flight or a flight I that I need to work on, as it gives me somewhere to quickly place and access my laptop and full frame camera during meal service without needing to pack everything away. Not long after being seated I was offered a warm refresher towel and the obligatory sparkling wine, orange juice or sparkling water. As normal I went with the sparkling wine, at the same time I was handed the menu, which allowed me to get my dining decisions out of the way before take-off. VN772 departed a few minutes late due to the normal backlog of flights departing from Sydney’s domestic and International airports at this time of the morning then once we were in the air and within minutes of the fasten seat belt sign turning off I was asked if I would like to place my lunch order. Vietnam Airlines Business Class Meal Service For lunch I had decided on the Hungarian […]
As confirmed several months ago on this site Vietnam Airlines has now taken the majority stake in Jetstar Pacific, along with Qantas increasing its stake in the airline from 27 to 30 precent. Vietnam Airlines will take the majority share in Jetstar Pacific, currently held by the Vietnamese State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC). Separately, the Qantas Group’s existing 27 per cent share in Jetstar Pacific has now increased to 30 per cent in-line with long-term commitments. Chief Executive of the Qantas Group, Alan Joyce, said the new partnership with Vietnam Airlines would represent an extension of the dual brand strategy pioneered by Qantas and Jetstar, in one of the world’s fastest growing aviation markets. “This partnership brings together the proven low cost model of Jetstar with the unique local knowledge and existing networks of national carrier, Vietnam Airlines,” said Mr Joyce. “We are confident this partnership between a low cost carrier and a full service airline in Vietnam can replicate the success of our Qantas and Jetstar strategy in Australia, and follows our recent partnership with Japan Airlines to form Jetstar Japan.” Chief Executive of the Jetstar Group, Bruce Buchanan, said the strategic partnership with Vietnam Airlines would strengthen Jetstar Pacific’s ability to create new travel demand in the third most populous nation in Southeast Asia. “Across Asia we are seeing the positive impacts of introducing a new generation of customers to air travel, including Vietnam where the penetration of low cost carriers is still relatively low,” said Mr Buchanan. “The strength of our low cost model and the tremendous potential for growth provide a unique opportunity for Jetstar in Vietnam. Our partnership with Vietnam Airlines will help develop this.” Through the new partnership, Jetstar Pacific will receive an initial capital injection of AUD$25 million, including $7.5 million from the Qantas Group. This will be directed towards fleet renewal, with the carrier’s current Boeing 737s replaced with new A320s from mid-2012. The shareholders support Jetstar Pacific’s fleet to grow to 15 A320s within the next few years. Jetstar Pacific’s existing CEO and Chairman were representatives of former shareholder, SCIC. The Jetstar Group and Vietnam Airlines expect to announce a new CEO and Chairman in coming weeks. Mr Buchanan said Vietnam remained key to the Jetstar Group’s expansion plans across Asia Pacific, where it is the region’s fastest growing low fares carrier as well as the largest by revenue. “Jetstar continues to leverage the exceptional economic growth across Asia through strategic expansion of our network and fleet,” he added. According to International Air Transport Association (IATA), Vietnam will become the world’s second fastest growing aviation market for domestic passengers by 2014.
Jetstar today denounced claims that Vietnam based Jetstar Pacific was to be absorbed by the country’s flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, it seems that some media outlets were reporting that the airline would be wholly taken over by Vietnam Airlines. Earlier in the year we reported (in the following article Joint Qantas Vietnam Airlines Venture in Negotiations) that Vietnam Airlines and Qantas was in negotiations for possible transfer of the majority 73% stake which Vietnamese State Capital Investment Corporation (SCIC) has in Jetstar Pacific to Vietnam Airlines effectively making Qantas (a oneworld alliance member) and Vietnam Airlines (a SkyTeam alliance member) unlikely partners Jetstar’s CEO Bruce Buchanan said “Vietnam Airlines would be welcomed as a partner in Jetstar Pacific and it remained committed to the Vietnamese market as part of its broader pan-Asian strategy.” If anything today’s announcement by Jetstar confirm that a possible Qantas Group Vietnam Airlines partnership in Jetstar Pacific is highly likely and very imminent.
Could Vietnam Airlines be Qantas Jetstar Pacific’s next partner? Radio Australia recently interviewed UK Financial Times Vietnam correspondent Ben Bland and he says Qantas is currently in negotiations with the country’s flag carrier Vietnam Airlines for a joint venture between Jetstar Pacific and Vietnam Airlines. Given that Vietnam Airlines has just signed up to the Skyteam Airline alliance and Qantas/Jetstar are in oneworld this partnership may seem an unlikely business partnership but reading further into the Radio Australia transcript the partnership would be a win-win for both carriers. Ben Bland, Vietnam correspondent for the UK’s Financial Times said, “Vietnam Airlines is the dominant player, it has strong political backing and that may be why there’s been so many difficulties for Jetstar and for Air Asia.” Jetstar Pacific is 27% owned by Qantas/Jetstar Australia and the rest 73% is owned by two Vietnamese state owned company’s the deal would see the 73% transferred to Vietnam Airlines. AirAsia was was set to establish a joint venture with VietJet, however earlier this month the Malaysian based airline pulled out, VietJet is expected to go ahead without AirAsia. This is what Bland said on the point in his Radio Australia interview “Jetstar at the moment is 27 per cent owned by Jetstar Pacific, which is a Vietnamese subsidiary, sorry, it’s 27 per cent owned by Jetstar Australia, and the rest of Jetstar Pacific is owned by two smaller Vietnamese state-owned companies. The talks that are ongoing at the moment would see the majority stake in Jetstar Pacific transferred from those two small state-owned companies to Vietnam Airlines. So you’d basically see Qantas getting into bed with Vietnam Airlines, which makes analysts think has been at the root of its inability to expand in Vietnam in the past. So the problem would potentially become the solution.” Bland said Vietnam Airlines controls most of the flights in Vietnam, and also has high-level political backing to expand into a regional powerhouse along the lines of Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways. “In the past, analysts believed that Jetstar and other foreign airlines have struggled because Vietnam Airlines has tried to effectively knobble their expansion in Vietnam,” Bland said. “Well, if Qantas moves into a joint venture with Vietnam Airlines, which is what seems likely to happen, then it’ll be in Vietnam Airlines own best interests to make the joint venture work, and Vietnam Airlines chief executive has given an interview in the last month where he said Vietnam Airlines is keen to move in to the low-cost market. “So this deal would seem to make sense to Vietnam Airlines. I think it would also make sense for Qantas/Jetstar which has had a torrid time in Vietnam, but it’s still very excited by the growth prospects here.” Vietnams LLC market is one of the most underdeveloped in Asia and with explosive growth predicted it is no wonder Qantas is eager for the deal to go ahead. […]
Vietnam Airlines has released the following statement in relation to its Cancelled flights and Schedule changes due to Volcanic Ash from the Iceland Volcano Eruption. Due to the volcanic evolvement in Iceland and ash cloud moving over Europe, the following services of Vietnam Airlines to/from Europe will be cancelled: List of cancelled flights: Scheduled Date of Departure Flight Number Itinerary 19-April VN527 Hochiminh city – Moscow 19-April VN533 Hochiminh city – Paris 19-April VN545 Hanoi – Frankfurt 20-April VN526 Moscow – Hochiminh city 20-April VN532 Paris – Hochiminh city 20-April VN544 Frankfurt – Hanoi Vietnam Airlines’ next scheduled and additional services between Hanoi/Hochiminh city and Europe (Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow) will be provided in the next update. Passengers traveling to/from Europe on the cancelled services are advised not to go to the airport. For updates and supports, please visit www.vietnamairlines.com and contact Vietnam Airlines booking offices. Passengers are advised to give your available telephone numbers to Vietnam Airlines’ staffs. Vietnam Airlines will waive cancellation and change fees for confirmed tickets of the affected flights to/from Europe. Hotlines: – Vietnam: Hanoi +84-4-38320-320, Hochiminh city: +84-8-38320-320, Da Nang: +84-511-3811-111; – Russia: +7-495-5892450; +7-903-795-2889; +7-903-725-9996; +7-903-9616189; +7-962-970-0000 – France: * City Office: +33-1-4455-3990, +33-8100-18-888, * Charles de Gaulle Airport: +33-1-4862-2562, +33-6-7677-9875, +33-6-3140-7239, +33-6-2698-2401; – Germany: +49-69-2972-5650, +49-151-1611-9824; As we are experiencing high call volumes, website visits, we seek our customers’ understanding.
Air France has just announced that Air France and Vietnam Airlines have signed a code share agreement which will come into effect from 3 July 2010 and allow its passengers to fly nonstop from Charles de Gaulle Paris (CDG) to both Hanoi (HAN) or Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) Vietnam three times a week. The full media release from Air France can be read below: 6 new non-stop flights every week to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City 13 flights instead of 7 between Paris and Vietnam Air France has just signed a code-share agreement with Vietnam Airlines so that, starting 3 July 2010 its customers can fly non stop from Paris-Charles de Gaulle to either Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City three times a week. These flights will be operated by Vietnam Airlines in Boeing 777-200, under the ‘AF’ Air France flight code. They come in addition to flights Air France already operates via Bangkok to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Air France will be offering 13 instead of 7 flights a week, including 6 between Paris and Hanoi and 7 between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City. Furthermore, within the terms of this agreement, as early as winter 2010, Air France will operate a nonstop flight between Ho Chi Minh City and Paris three times a week by Boeing 747-400 then by Boeing 777-300ER. In November 2010, all flights to Vietnam will be nonstop. Flight schedule from 3 July to 30 October 2010 (local time): Flights between Paris and Hanoi: six flights a week Paris-CDG / Hanoi Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 176* Paris to Hanoi M Th Sa 14:00 06:35 Following day AF 177* Hanoi to Paris W F Su 23:40 07:00 Following day AF 174 Paris to Hanoi W F Su 19:20 15:05 Following day AF 173 Hanoi to Paris M Th Sa 19:30 06:00 Following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Flights between Paris and Ho Chi Minh City: daily flights Flight Number Route Days Operation Departure Arrival AF 164 Paris to Ho Chi Minh M Tu Th Sa 19:20 14:50 following day AF 169 Ho Chi Minh to Paris Tu W F Su 19:50 06:00 following day AF 158* Paris to Ho Chi Minh W F Su 13:25 06:35 following day AF 157* Ho Chi Minh to Paris M Th Sa 22:50 06:30 following day *Flights operated by Vietnam Airlines Vietnam Airlines operates 72 routes to 20 domestic and 26 international destinations with a young fleet of 70 modern aircraft, serving more than 9 million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 20 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 13 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association
According to Bloomberg Vietnam Airlines has signed an in principal agreement to purchase 4 Airbus A380 aircraft The article goes on to say “Vietnam Air signed an initial agreement with European Aeronautic, Defence & Space Co., the parent of Airbus, to begin negotiations on the purchase, Pham Ngoc Minh, the airline’s chief executive officer, said in a telephone interview from Hanoi Thursday. He declined to elaborate.” “The Hanoi-based carrier plans to double its fleet to more than 100 planes by 2015 and triple it to 150 by 2020 as the country’s economy improves, according to its website.” “The agreement was signed Thursday during a three-day visit by French Prime Minister Francois Fillon to the Southeast Asian country, according to a statement from the Vietnamese foreign ministry.”
Vietnam Airlines have announced it will being to operate the Hanoi to Osaka Japan route from 13 January 2010, funny enough this follows Japan Airlines plans to scrap this route from 12 January 2010 due to the restructuring of its operations. The national flag carrier Vietnam Airlines will launch direct flights linking the Vietnamese capital Hanoi and the city of Osaka, Japan, on January 13, 2010. Vietnam Airlines reported on October 6 that it will conduct five flights a week, one on every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. These flights will replace those that are currently conducted by Japan Airlines, which are scheduled to be scrapped on January 12, 2010, due to a restructuring of its operations. Vietnam Airlines General Director Pham Ngoc Minh said the opening of this air route following new domestic flights to Quy Nhon, Quang Binh, Tuy Hoa and Pleiku reflects the great efforts being exerted by the company as the global aviation sector faces various challenges resulting from the world economic crisis. The move also demonstrates the airline’s desire to further promote trade, investment and tourism between the Kansai region and Hanoi in particular and between Vietnam and Japan in general, he added. The new air route is the fourth from Hanoi to Japan and the eighth between the two countries to be directly operated by Vietnam Airlines. In the first nine months of this year, Vietnam Airlines accounted for almost 50 percent of the market share of direct flights between Vietnam and Japan which are currently flown by three airlines.
Vietnam Airlines have announced that it has placed orders for an additional 16 Airbus A321s and 2 additional Airbus A350 XWBs aircraft. Vietnam Airlines are bucking the trends with most airlines decreasing aircraft orders, and is perhaps a sign an increasing market for Vietnam Airlines. The full press release from Airbus can be read below: Vietnam Airlines today announced at the Paris Air Show that it has placed a firm order with Airbus for 16 more single aisle A321s and signed a Memorandum of Understanding for two additional A350 XWBs. The latest A321 contract increases the total number of orders placed by Vietnam Airlines for the type to 41, of which 14 have already been delivered. The commitment for the A350 XWBs comes in addition to an existing firm order for 10 aircraft placed in December 2007. Vietnam Airlines has selected the A350-900 variant of the all-new midsize widebody. “Our new order for the A321 reflects the success we have achieved with the aircraft on both our regional and domestic route networks,” said Pham Ngoc Minh, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vietnam Airlines. “In the widebody category, we firmly believe that the A350 XWB will set new standards of efficiency and passenger comfort, making it the right choice to develop our intercontinental route network.” “Vietnam will remain one of the key growth markets in Asia in coming years,” said Airbus President and CEO Tom Enders. “With the Airbus single aisle family and the all-new A350 XWB, Vietnam Airlines will be operating one of the most modern and efficient fleets in the region and will be well placed to meet demand on both its Asian and international services.” Vietnam Airlines currently operates a fleet of 52 modern aircraft and flies to 19 domestic and 23 international destinations. The A321 is the largest member of the Airbus A320 Family. It typically seats 185 passengers in a two-class layout and has a non-stop flying range of 3,000 nautical miles or 5,550 kilometres. The A350 XWB is Airbus’ new medium-capacity long-range widebody product. Capable of flying up to 8,300 nm / 15,400 km, it has the widest fuselage in its category and offers the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile cost of any aircraft in this market segment.
The Prime Minister of Vietnam has approved Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam by 2010 The Prime Minister has just agreed to the proposal of Vietnam Airlines on an additional purchase of 10 passenger planes, the Airbus A321-200, during the period of 2011-2014. Accordingly, the Vietnamese flag carrier should directly negotiate the details of the contract with the producer. The Prime Minister also permitted Vietnam Airlines to join SkyTeam, the global airline alliance, and to prepare the necessary groundwork for the accession in 2010. Still, he requested the carrier to follow the current principles and regulations during the membership. Vietnam Airlines operates 64 routes to 20 domestic and 24 international destinations with a young fleet of 50 modern aircraft, serving more than 9 million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 17 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 14 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Currently, SkyTeam members China Southern and Korean Air have codeshare agreements with Vietnam Airlines, and Air France has engaged in strong bilateral cooperation with the airline.