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Which Airline To SGN?  
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 28
Posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 4911 times:

Planning a trip to Vietnam the 1st part of December in/out of SGN...

The cheapest possibilities shown today are CI via TPE (ex FRA), CX via HKG (ex FRA) or QR via DOH (ex MAN)...
Which one would you take, considering I've to take the plane to MAN/LPL via LS/U2 or to FRA via ICE-train ?

For your info: AMS-LPL-bus-MAN-DOH-SGN v.v. is same in price as the FRA-SGN trips (excl. train from the Netherlands), however, it's a bit of a detour for me  Wow!

Have heard great things of QR (they operate A330 both on the MAN-DOH and DOH-SGN v.v. stretches, however, have had excellent experiences before on CX, and have never flown on CI...

What would be your airline priority ?

don't throw away tomorrow !
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User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1994 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 4906 times:

I've been there in april/may with AF from CDG. AF serves both HAN (thrice wekly) and SGN (4 times weekly) with a short (about 90 min) technical stop in BKK which is nice to stretch your legs. The route is flown with a 744 in winter and a A343 in summer.
very nice flights and I would definitely flew them again.
from AMS, I'm sure that you can connect from the KLM flight to BKK to the AF BKK-SGN (when we arrived in BKK, the beautiful KLM 744 arrived shortly after us and was parked next to us). This will save you the connection in CDG and will be surely the most convenient routing.

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 28
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 10 hours ago) and read 4884 times:

Merci beaucoup, Goldorak !!!

I know AF and KL interchange/connect quite well in BKK, that's why KL will not (re)start operation to SGN anymore...

Problem is, AF/KL is way too expensive with > EUR900 (all-in)fares ex AMS, while QR is EUR695 (all-in) ex MAN at present !!! You can do a lot with the EUR200 difference in Vietnam !!!

Which one is, servicewise, the best ? QR, CX or CI ?

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 4869 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
QR, CX or CI ?

Having only flown on the middle of the three, i can't really judge, however i have heard a lot of bad things about QR's economy product. Also from what i heard, DOH is an overcrowded, smallish airport, inconvenient to transit through.

CX is an excellent airline and HKG and excellent airport to transit through, and you won't have troubles killing a few hours there.

As for CI, i have never flown them, neither heard much about them, and i have no idea about TPE.

I personally would go with CX, also to save the hassle of going through LPL, and if you have lots of baggage you might pay a hefty baggage fee on U2 whereas you wont pay any baggage fee on the ICE. In the end, adding the U2 fare, baggage fee, bus fare etc to the €675, you wont save a lot in the end and all the hassle won't be worth the few euros you will save.

anyway, just my 2 cents.

Have a good trip!

Edit: Did you check vietnam Airlines? the yhave very competitive €750 all-in fares for september/october/november, the ymight aswlel have good offers for september.

[Edited 2007-08-07 17:02:23]

User currently offlineYOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 5063 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 hour ago) and read 4864 times:

If the costs are about the same QR is the way to go, unless you're really curious as to what CI offer.


User currently offlineSK601 From Belgium, joined Jun 2005, 976 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 4860 times:

Quoting MH017 (Thread starter):
What would be your airline priority ?

ehhhhh, MH ??

I checked for the first week in Dec and MH gives a all-in fare of Eur 840.= (vliegtarieven.nl). You will depart on MH17  Big grin at a convenient time, 12pm, (but I guess, you knew that) and you have a nice 2hr transfer in KUL.

You came up with the cheap QR fare of almost Eur 700,=, but although LS/U2 are cheap, it's not for free! Also add the inconvenience in case you misconnect in MAN......travelling a day early to MAN, will mean you need to spend money on a hotel....

I would just spend a few Euro's more and take MH.

User currently offlineGoldorak From France, joined Sep 2006, 1994 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 4854 times:

Bonjour MH017 !
as suggested by SandroZRH, check VN fares from CDG (I think they serve also FRA in Europe ?). They fly daily here and have non-stop flights to SGN and HAN.

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
You can do a lot with the EUR200 difference in Vietnam

Yes  twocents   twocents   twocents  you can have an hotel room during 2 weeks  biggrin 
Enjoy your time there

User currently offlineSandroZRH From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 4846 times:

Quoting Goldorak (Reply 6):
(I think they serve also FRA in Europe ?)

That's correct, the fare i found is out of FRA.

Quoting SK601 (Reply 5):

I wouldn't go with MH. remember, flying down to KUL would mean quite som ebacktracking up to SGN, and why not go VN if he can get it for cheaper and save quite some time.

User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 1177 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4824 times:

I flew to SGN with SQ via AMS last April and although I got a sale fare it was only 660euro including a free stop in SIN. If you can find decent flights with them thats who I would go with. Otherwise I'd fly CX but in Y the seat pitch can be a bit tight if you're tall, but excellent IFE and food and a friendly crew

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