Carnoc From China, joined Oct 2001, 875 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 08:30:13 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5756 times:
Sorry Ansett767, haven't flown with them for a long time, I guess they are improving, so is Air China...
Flykal From Australia, joined Sep 2003, 443 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 08:54:51 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5730 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!
One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time
Jet-lagged From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 882 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 11:18:20 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 5657 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.
Nojetlag From New Zealand, joined Nov 2003, 14 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 12:33:48 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5585 times:
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.
Phaeton From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 406 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 17:29:29 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5469 times:
"History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.", Winston Churchill
Captaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 17:48:41 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5443 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
The777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6710 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 18:08:43 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5423 times:
Read my trip report on Vietnam Airlines' 777 in the trip report forum.
Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
Shankly From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 1553 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted
Sun Apr 18 2004 19:27:53 UTC (10 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5384 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