RRFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 1758 times:
Vietnam Airlines is the national flag carrier for Vietnam, and was established as a state enterprise in April 1989. Vietnam Airlines Corporation was subsequently formed in 1996, after bringing together several service companies. They are transforming themselves into a modern global airline with B777, B767 and A321 aircraft recently joining the fleet.
As for crew, I understand that they are Vietnamese with other asian nation pilots flying for them also.
They are not the best, but you could travel with far worse in that region.
AirmaxFRA From Germany, joined Jun 2004, 46 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1683 times:
we are handling them at FRA and what I can say is they have quite a lot of pilots from other airlines, like LAN, Air Europa/Europe... and others on their 767 and 777 flying. Quite an international group. Furthermore, what we hear is they obviously have a very good service and - having them starting operations into FRA early this year they meanwhile operate 3-times a week and upgraded onto 777 (iso 767) due to increased pax numbers and cargo loads. The local travel industry deals them as a "secret tip" for trips to Far East and Australia due to their good fares and high service-levels... so what I think is they are not bad at all (and they are far behind the times they were only flying Tupolev134´s...). Plus: their a/c are in splendid conditions as what I can see from watching them... hope this helps, just to add some comment.
Terminalc From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 153 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 1587 times:
I fly VN often & will again next week (HKG-SGN). I can't say anything about mechanicals, but as a customer & passenger my experience is worn interiors, mediocre food and less than mediocre service.
I've only experienced one mechanical delay (& it was a long one.)
Most pilots on A320/A321s have been VN while all 767 pilots that I've seen/heard via PA have been Australian. I cannot recall any FA who were not VN.
They are improving but they are far behind their regional competition & I really can't imagine them catching up. Personally as I spend a large part of my time in VN, I hope they do. I'd like to make my Pacific trips on VN Airlines.