Vietnam Airlines upgrades to new Airbus A350 on Melbourne routes Vietnam Airlines has today announced an aircraft upgrade to their daily Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City flight. From 29 July to the end of October 2018 all Boeing 787 aircrafts travelling on the route in and outbound to Melbourne will be replaced by the new Airbus A350. This is the first time the new aircraft will be available to Australian passengers travelling with Vietnam Airlines.
The new aircraft implementation comes as the increase in demand for flights on the Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City route has spiked in recent months. The Airbus A350 allows an extra 10 percent customer capacity than the long-standing Boeing 787.
Similarities are seen between the aircrafts, both being long range, wide-bodied and featuring a twin-engine, with the largest change between the planes being the increase in passenger accommodation, with the Airbus A350 allowing for an additional 29 passengers each way. The Airbus A350 boasts a 212 ft 5 in (64.75m) wingspan, which is 15 ft (4.75m) wider than the Boeing 787. Mr. Hung Truong – GM of VN’s branch office in Australia said, “It is great to see an increase in demand from our Australian travellers and Vietnam Airlines is delighted to announce the upgrade to some of the current fleet to the new Airbus.”
The new aircrafts also offer more legroom and increased passenger mobility, with Premium Economy on the Airbus featuring near-flat reclining seats, a bountiful 38 in (96.5cm) pitch and recline up to 8 in (20cm). Passengers will be able to enjoy the latest in entertainment on 10.6 in (27cm) private screens. About Vietnam Airlines: Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier of Vietnam and the major carrier in the Mekong sub-region, operating 90 routes to 20 domestic and 29 international destinations with an average of 400 flights per day, connecting the world’s major cities to mesmerising travel destinations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Myanmar.
Vietnam Airlines’ efforts to enable innovation and development have been recognised by international and national communities through a series of prestigious awards. In 2017, Vietnam Airlines was honourably awarded the “Asia Pacific Airline of the Year” by CAPA; “World’s Leading Airline – Premium Economy Class” and “World’s Leading Cultural Airline” by World Travel Awards. In 2016 and 2017, Skytrax- the world’s leading airline and airport rating organization- has ranked Vietnam Airlines as a 4-Star Airline for 2 consecutive years and 14th among the 20 best premium economy class airlines in the world.
This achievement is the result of the organisation’s tireless devotion and commitment to provide the highest quality across a range of products and services. During 20 years of development at a 2-digit annual growth rate, Vietnam Airlines has achieved a remarkable progression to become a major airline in Asia’s aviation market. Vietnam Airlines is a member of SkyTeam Alliance- the global airline alliance with 20 members providing access to an extensive global network with 16,609 daily flights to 1074 destinations in 177 countries.
Becoming a member of SkyTeam enables Vietnam Airlines to reaffirm the carrier’s new position on the global aviation map as a strategic partner of the alliance in South-east Asia region. In 2015, Vietnam Airlines became the first airline in the world to successfully operate both next-generation aircraft Boeing Dreamliner 787-9 and Airbus A350-9XWB at the same time.
Positioning itself as a modern and reputable carrier whose brand is characterised by Vietnam’s rich culture and national identity, Vietnam Airlines strives to become a favourite carrier the Asia Pacific region. Zachary Pittas