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.