skipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 2853 posts, RR: 1 Reply 12, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 5076 times:
Quoting LGW340 (Reply 9): ANA will also be starting here too however no date has been confirmed yet
Given JAL never brought back the second LHR-NRT or indeed LHR-OSA and BA's LHR-HND is hardly setting the heather alight do you think this likely? Japan is a tough market and adding lower yielding additional capacity from LGW a la Korean Air doesn't really seem to work.
jumpjets From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2012, 639 posts, RR: 0 Reply 19, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
Quoting skipness1E (Reply 18): If Vietnam are doing as well as you say how come flights ended up routing via CDG and FRA last year?
According to routesonline.com there is to be a fifth weekly flight to Gatwick from mid April , being the third SGN-LGW service, so presumably the demand is there to merit the extra flight. Having said that the LGW website continues showing 2 flights per week to SGN for the summer season.
I never quite understood the temporary stop in FRA or CDG but they were described as Technical stops rather than passenger stop off and collect stops.
This was only for a period of a few weeks, during the traditionally very low season. Don't forget, whilst tourism is booming in Vietnam, It's no Thailand or Malaysia - YET.
Also consider that weather is very seasonal, especially in Hanoi which can be quite cold in winter, and the coastal regions and south which are affected by typhoons and very heavy rains at certain time of the year - hence the CDG/FRA tag ons for a very short period.
I hope one day we might also see a direct UK-NHA or DAD flight, if the airport can accommodate a 777 that is
skipness1E From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2007, 2853 posts, RR: 1 Reply 21, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2782 times:
Wasn't it for the UK peak summer period? It was a number of months rather than weeks which led me to suspect they were heading for the exit door sharpish. Glad they stayed the course though, awesome colour scheme!
FCAFLYBOY From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 544 posts, RR: 0 Reply 22, posted (10 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2734 times:
sorry I didn't make myself clear - I know the tag on was in summer, not too surprising as that is it generally the best time weather wise - my comment about the Hanoi area really just an example of quite seasonal weather in Vietnam.
I too am pleased the route seems to be doing well - VN also have a fantastic domestic and regional network which I've experience and really enjoyed. Flourishing airline for sure, crappy J class thought - needs to lie-flat.