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Vietnam Airlines: What Are They Like?  
User currently offlineAnsett767 From Australia, joined May 1999, 1021 posts, RR: 2
Posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6739 times:

Hey All,

Just a quickie

Has anyone flown Vietnam airlines recently? If so, what are they like? (service, food, comfort).

Also I am very picky about the airlines I fly safety wise - what is their record like? (e.g. I wouldnt fly Garuda or Air China based on what I've heard).

any info. would be appreciated! Planning a trip from Sydney this year

Thanks a lot

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User currently offlineCarnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6680 times:

Sorry Ansett767, haven't flown with them for a long time, I guess they are improving, so is Air China...


User currently offlineFlykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6654 times:

Haven't flown them but have seen some of the guys using our sim for training from time to time (ex-pats and locals too).

Perhaps you'd like to check out the following thread where a similar topic was discussed: http://www.airliners.net/discussions/general_aviation/read.main/1391963/6/

Be careful basing your opinions on "what you've heard". Sometimes it's the things you don't hear about that you should be more concerned of!  Wink/being sarcastic

One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time
User currently offlineJet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 884 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6581 times:

Flew them a couple months ago Hong Kong to Hanoi. They were fine - kinda like Philippines or Thai, not like SQ or CX.

Don't know their safety record, although the planes are pretty new.

User currently offlineNojetlag From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 6509 times:
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Kind of old fashioned

But wonderful food, a fusion between the best of French and Asian, great.

But their systems and attitudes are in need of an upgrade. For example each plane arriving in H.C.M.C. is escorted in by a security car, then there is the wait to clear immigration etc.

User currently offlinePhaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6393 times:

Here is their safety record (according to airdisaster.com). It seems to be relatively good:



"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.", Winston Churchill
User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6367 times:

You'll be happy to know that a great deal of the pilots flying for Vietnam Airlines are in fact from Ansett, especially on the 767. So if you felt safe flying on Ansett 767's, then you should feel right at home.

They are also much more leniant with respect to cockpit visits, so perhaps you'll be able to go for a visit during the flight.

"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6831 posts, RR: 54
Reply 7, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6347 times:

Read my trip report on Vietnam Airlines' 777 in the trip report forum.


Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....LX and LH 777s
User currently offlineShankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1641 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (12 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 6308 times:

Flew with them four times back in Dec/Jan and posted a trip report.

Generally they seem a safe and competent airline. The two A320's and one 76 I flew on were a little faded but the A321 I took from Hue-Hanoi was very nice.

Service is basic (roll in a box) and drinks confined to cold sodas, water and fruit juice (a beer would have been nice). Maybe its better on international flights

All the airports I used in Vietnam, Saigon, Da'nang, Hue and Hanoi were fine, but a little basic in places.

As Captaingomes notes, lots of their crews are either Aussie or SA

Happy landings with VN and I hope you enjoy wonderful Vietnam

L1011 - P F M
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