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Vietnam Airlines – Fly With One of the Oldest Cariers

Vietnam Airlines is the main airline carrier in Vietnam and also the national carrier. It serves both domestic flights and international, being based in Long Bien District, Hanoi. The main hub is at Noi Bai International Airport, Hanoi with additional hubs at Tan Son Nhat International Airport and Da Nang International Airport and a future hub at Long Thanh International Airport.

Vietnam Airlines is completely state owned and at this moment it serves a total of 52 destinations, out of which 21 are domestic, 28 international and 3 are charter routes. The airline company also has various codeshare agreements for various destinations.

History

Vietnam Airlines was first established in 1956 as ‘Vietnam Civil Aviation’ for solely civilian purposes. Although the development of the company was seriously hindered by the Vietnam War (1954 to 1975) after that it saw a rise in business, becoming Vietnam’s flag carrier in 1993 when it was also turned into a state enterprise. The lift of the trade embargo in 1994 allowed the airlines to purchase western built aircrafts, substantially increasing the business.

2007 saw plans of privatizing part of the Vietnam Airlines however the plan was never carried out. Subsequently with the purchase of 20 Airbus A321s and 10 Airbus A350 XWBs the company became the biggest Airbus carriers in Asia at that moment.

Fleet

The total fleet of Vietnam Airline rises to 89 vessels, however some of them are leased out so the number of operating vessels under the Vietnam Airlines flag is actually 77. The total fleet includes 55 Airbus A321-200, 10 Airbus A330-200, 16 ATR 72-500 and 8 Boeing 777-200ER. The current fleet is expected to increase to 110 ships in 2015 and up to 170 by 2020.

Awards

Although the real business started for Vietnam Airlines after 1994 when the trade embargo was lifted it has done a very good job in the short period. It has made the World Airline Awards list of top 100 air carriers since 2012 holding the following positions:

·         47 in 2012

·         53 in 2013

·         58 in 2014

The 2015 awards and lists are yet to be announced.

Routes and destinations

Vietnam Airlines sees around 300 flights per day, both domestic and international. The international routes include Southeast Asia, East Asia, Oceania and Europe. The flights have 21 domestic destinations and 28 international destinations. Besides these the airline has a number of codeshare agreements with various other airlines, some of which cater to North America. The expansion plans for Vietnam Airlines include direct flights to North America, where currently around 1.2 million Vietnamese people reside. 

Why fly With Vietnam Airlines

How to Check-in

Vietnam Airlines offers two different ways to check-in before boarding: • Personal check-in – should be done at least 50 minutes before boarding for international flights and 40 minutes for domestic flights. Also check-in for flights headed to Frankfurt International Airport, London Gatwick and Charles de Gaulle airports should be done 60 minutes before boarding. • Web check-in – the check-in time starts 24 hours before departure and end 2 hours before boarding, however it is available only for flights leaving from specific cities.

Baggage and Allowance

Vietnam Airlines allows as part of the ticket two pieces of carry-on baggage for Business class and only one for Economic. The baggage should not exceed dimensions of 56x36x23 cm (22x14x9 inches) and a total weight of 7 kg (15.4 lbs.). The checked baggage varies in weight depending on the destinations as follows: • For Japan flights – 60 kg (132 lbs.) • For America flights – 23 kg (50 lbs.) • Within Asia – 20 kg (44 lbs.) for Economy class and 30 kg (66 lbs.) for Business • For EMEA and Oceania flights - 30 kg (66 lbs.) for Economy class and 40 kg (88 lbs.) for deluxe Economy and Business class

Seating

Depending on the aircraft and class Vietnam Airlines offers various seating options like: • Airbus carriers come with 16 to 20 Business class seats, 36 to 45 Deluxe Economy class seats which only means additional leg room and 168 to 242 Economy class seats. • ATR 72-500 carriers feature only Economy class, 66 seats in number. • Boeing 777-200ER carriers come with 25 to 35 Business class seats, 54 Deluxe Economy seats and 228 to 290 Economy class seats. Business seats have about 160 cm (62 in) leg room and can recline at 157° approximately. In Deluxe Economy the seat is indeed wider, however the leg room is between 91 and 97 cm (36 to 38 in) ad can recline about 18 cm (7 in.). Economy class has a standard leg room of 51 to 53 cm (20 to 20.9 in.) and the seats can recline around 13 cm (5 in.).

Booking Fee

Vietnam Airlines offer various flight opportunities, form different countries some even in codeshare so the booking fees may vary depending on destination, class and additional services required. These fees can be paid either via reservations counters, online or through third party travel agencies.

Prices shown on this page are estimated lowest prices only. Found in the last 45 days.