Vietnam Airlines is the countrys main flight provider, and has a full schedule of international and domestic flights every week. They run non-stop services to and from around 50 destinations, including major airports in Europe and Asia. Whether you fancy exploring China or making an internal flight from Pnomh Penh to Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Airlines will get you there.
The addition of up to 70 new planes over the next decade could see the Vietnam Airlines fleet almost double in size, and the airline is considering the introduction of flights to America. It also runs an increased service to and from Gatwick starting in 2013.
Vietnam Airlines - one of the most successful regional airlines in Asia
- Became Vietnams official flag carrier on launch in 1993
- The airline has always had a wider variety of planes than its competitors
- Recorded an average 37 percent increase in passengers every year for the airlines first five years of operation
- Named as one of the top 50 airlines in the world in 2012
- Has a codeshare agreement with the rest of the SkyTeam group, making flights simpler
- Uses a SATCOM inflight telephone system, available on some Boeing 777 planes in the fleet
- Empty Seat Option allows you to have a whole row to yourself
The checked baggage limit for each flight depends on the destination, but is generous compared to other airlines. You can bring one piece of hand baggage in Economy Class and two in Business Class.
Its possible to book an extra seat before your flight if you need a bit more comfort or to store a larger piece of cabin baggage. As a bare minimum, in Economy Class youll have 31 inches of space around your seat to stretch out and rest.
Vietnam Airlines has a frequent flyer programme, Golden Lotus Plus, which rewards regular travellers with upgrades, free flights and higher baggage allowances. Every passenger on flights longer than four hours is given a free amenity kit, which includes a pillow and a blanket.
As symbolic of the country as the lotus flower
Vietnam Airlines has represented the country from the very beginning, and has recorded regular annual growth rates in double figures for the last 20 years. The airline is fully owned by the Vietnamese government, so it has a reputation to uphold. It also makes use of a dedicated cargo division and their own catering arm for the carefully-prepared in-flight meals.