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Asia Part 2: SGN-HAN On VN's 777 (pics/video)  
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 26605 times:

Next up is part two of my trip to Asia… the first part, covering my flight from Chicago to Tokyo and onward to Ho Chi Minh City, can be found here. Part two covers our much-anticipated domestic flight on Vietnam Airlines’ 777-200.

After a few crazy hours sightseeing in Ho Chi Minh City (we woke up at about 5am – the sun comes up so early in Asia!) we headed back to our hotel to pack up and grab a taxi to Tan Son Nhat Airport. The cab ride back to SGN cost only a fraction of what it had cost us the night before when we arrived – at that point, we’d been in such a jetlagged fog that we paid about $25 USD for the twenty-minute ride. The return trip cost us only about $5.

I was only in Saigon for about 14 hours, but we managed to cover a lot of ground during our five hours of sightseeing… it’s definitely a crash course in Vietnamese culture, with crowded streets, tons of shops and restaurants, and lots of exotic sounds and smells. At the same time, however, it seems to be modernizing at an incredible pace, so I’d recommend visiting quickly if you want to catch a whiff of the “old” Vietnam.

Here’s an HCMC street scene seen from our cab, en route to SGN. I’ve never seen so many motorbikes in my life as I saw in Vietnam:
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About halfway to the airport, the road crosses the main railway line connecting HCMC to Hanoi. The trains literally go right across the highway. Also, note the Vietnam Airlines booking office just beyond the tracks:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2630.jpg

Pretty soon we had arrived at the airport entrance and were dodging more motorbikes to make our left turn:
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Tan Son Nhat International Airport
April 27, 2008


Tan Son Nhat is surrounded on all four sides by the sprawl of Ho Chi Minh City; it definitely looks and feels like an “inner-city” airport. Aircraft on approach come in very low over the surrounding neighborhoods… despite two very long runways (left over from its days as a US military base during the war) noise pollution has become a serious problem.

To remedy the situation, the Vietnamese government is planning a new airport at Long Thanh, about 30 miles northeast of town. I’m not sure if construction has started or not – the ever-reliable Wikipedia says the first phase is due to open in 2010 – but any way you slice it, Tan Son Nhat’s days as a major international gateway are numbered. The plan is for international flights to move to Long Thanh when it opens, at which point SGN will take over as the city’s main domestic airport.

On the way into the airport we passed the multimillion-dollar new Terminal 2, which opened in September 2007 and serves most international flights. I’d flown into it the night before on my Japan Airlines flight from Narita. Once the new airport is completed, this building will take over as the main domestic terminal:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2636.jpg

Our destination this morning was the much older Terminal 1, which has been re-dedicated to domestic flights by the country’s three domestic airlines – Vietnam Airlines, VASCO (Vietnam Air Service Company), and Pacific Airlines (which has been rebranded as Jetstar Pacific). I’ve read that Terminal 1 will become a budget terminal when the new airport opens:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2634.jpg

The building definitely shows its age (especially compared to its shiny new neighbor) but it’s clean and reasonably modern, especially along the curbfront:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2635.jpg

Interestingly, most of the airlines’ ticket offices were located outside the terminal, on the open-air concourse fronting the building. We passed the VN office on our way inside – I’m still kicking myself for not stopping inside to grab a timetable. Once inside, we passed the former international check-in area, which was abandoned when the new terminal opened last year:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2639.jpg

Vietnam Airlines has a double bank of check-in desks located at the back corner of the terminal. Our flight to Hanoi was checking in one side, while a flight to Da Nang and another to Frankfurt (why wasn’t the FRA flight using the new terminal, I wonder?) were checking in on the other. The queues looked pretty formidable, but actually moved quite quickly:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2637.jpg

I dropped off my luggage and we secured three seats, a window, middle and aisle. I asked for a seat behind the wing, but we were assigned 32A, B and C, which wound up being right on top of the port wing. Oh well.  Sad With boarding passes in hand we headed back to the escalators upstairs:
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Once upstairs we cleared security in no time at all (the TSA loses against another country!) and made our way onto the airside concourse. Upstairs, Terminal 1 has low ceilings, inadequate air conditioning and lots of columns cluttering things up, but there’s a nice selection of shops and, with the international flights gone, there are plenty of seats for everyone:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2640.jpg

Here’s a shot of the old-style departure board (we were glad to be on the 1130am departure to Hanoi and not the 1030, which was delayed almost three hours!) The number of domestic routes in Vietnam was really a surprise – more than half of VN’s fleet is dedicated to domestic runs. Already, VN runs an hourly shuttle between SGN and HAN, and most of the flights are flown with B777s or A330s. The 777 was recently introduced on the SGN-Da Nang route as well. With the population rapidly approaching 100 million, the country becoming more and more affluent, and rough terrain making air travel the best option for most journeys, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vietnam’s domestic market starts looking more and more like Japan’s or China’s in the next 10-15 years:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/DSC02368.jpg

Another look at the domestic departures concourse:
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I was hoping to wander over to Terminal 2 and have a look around, but the two terminals don’t appear to be connected airside. I may have missed a turn or something, but I wandered around and didn’t find any indication that you can get from one building to the other.

Taking photos from the terminal was a bit tough, since the old sterile corridor (another relic from the days that the building handled overseas flights) runs along the airside of the building. That means pictures have to be taken through two layers of glass. This Vietnam Airlines A320 was bound for Vinh in northern Vietnam:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2646.jpg

I’m not sure what this China Airlines A330 was doing over at the domestic terminal – does anyone know?
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2643.jpg

And finally, here’s our 777, resting before the flight to Hanoi. The domestic terminal has four jetbridges that handle most widebody and some narrowbody flights, while the ATR and some A320 flights use bus gates downstairs:
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Vietnam Airlines Flight VN218
Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat (SGN) – Hanoi Noi Bai (HAN)
Departs SGN 11:30am, arrives HAN 1:30pm
Boeing 777-200, seat 32A
Flying time: 2 hours


Boarding was called at about 11:10am and all the passengers crushed forward in a mob (some things are the same no matter where you fly, I guess.) There were two agents scanning passes, so the line moved quickly and soon we were at the aircraft door. Boarding was done through the 2L door, so I didn’t get a good look at the first class cabin.

VN uses its 777 fleet on both international and domestic runs – most of the 777s shuttle back and forth between HAN and SGN, which serve as dual overseas hubs for the airline. As a result, seat pitch in Y class was very generous and there were PTVs and footrests at every seat. The cabin interior was done up in a curious combination of blues and browns. Here’s a look at the cabin before we pushed back:
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This was my first time on a 777 operated by someone other than American Airlines, and I have to say I like the 3-3-3 configuration better than AA’s 2-5-2. Although it’s nice, as a window seat junkie, to be just one seat away from the aisle, the 3-3-3 configuration helped make the cabin seem a little smaller. The flight was almost completely full – if I had to guess, it was about 70 percent Vietnamese passengers and 30 percent foreigners.

Unfortunately, our seat was pretty much right on top of the wing, so the view was pretty obstructed. Here I am still looking tired after my 22-hour journey the day before:
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The view from my seat prior to pushback – that’s the A320 flight to Vinh at the next gate, with Terminal 2 in the background:
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Once all the passengers were on board, the cabin attendants came through the aisles with baskets of “refreshing tissues.” I don’t want to gush over a napkin drenched in chemicals, but it was the best-smelling ‘refreshing tissue’ I’ve ever seen. On our next flight (from Hanoi to Siem Reap) I made sure to take a whole bunch of them.

The safety video played on the PTVs and overhead monitors as we pushed back – the announcer alternated between Vietnamese and English. Pushing back:
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The China Airlines A330 that had been at the next gate taxied out just ahead of us:
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Here’s a very fuzzy shot of a Lion Air 737 wearing a special scheme based on Boeing’s house colors, arriving just as we pushed back:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2651.jpg

The engines started up and we began a very slow taxi away from the domestic apron. Along the way we passed a China Airlines Cargo 747 (there was no escaping China Airlines for me on this trip – except for Siem Reap, I got a photo of one of their planes in every city I flew through!)
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2653.jpg

Side-by-side ATRs belonging to VASCO (on the left) and Vietnam Airlines (on the right). VASCO is a second-tier commuter carrier that was spun off from VN a few years ago, although it still operates codeshare services for the larger airline. VASCO’s ATRs fly commuter and tourist services to places like Tuy Hoa, Qui Nhon, Ca Mau and the Con Dao islands. The structures in the background are aircraft bunkers built during the Vietnam War:
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A VN A320 parked alongside SGN’s rather worn-looking control tower:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2652.jpg

It began to spit rain as we made our way out to the threshold of runway 25R – unfortunately, I was the wrong side of the aircraft to get good shots of aircraft parked at Terminal 2. Here we are turning onto the runway:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2659.jpg

As we turned around I was finally able to get a shot of Terminal 2 – there’s a Thai A300 pushing back for Bangkok, and a Pacific Airlines 737 following us onto the runway:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2662.jpg

Further down the flightline you can see an EVA Air A330, the aforementioned Lion Air 737 and a Cathay Pacific A340 making for the runway:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2660.jpg

I shot a quick video of our departure from SGN – I didn’t realize I had left the lens partially zoomed in from my last photo, so the quality isn’t the best:


We lifted off into the hazy sky over Ho Chi Minh City and began our climbout over the endless city sprawl:
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Heading up:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2666.jpg

Turning off the runway heading and about to get swallowed up by the gloom:
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For the next several minutes our 777 speared in and out of the clouds, bumping along through the hot, wet air. I had been hoping to see some of Vietnam during the flight, but it’s so hot and muggy in Indochina that the ground was almost never visible on any of the flights we took. Instead I leafed through Heritage, VN’s inflight magazine, as well as a newsletter put out by the country’s airport authority. It was entirely in Vietnamese (which is written in Roman characters but is still just as befuddling to an English speaker as any other Asian language), but it did have some nice photos of the new terminal at SGN.

Eventually we reached our cruising altitude and leveled off. The captain came overhead to welcome us on board (in broken but still impressive English) and the crew started up the IFE system. I kept my PTV tuned to the moving map for most of the flight, but my friends both started watching “3:10 to Yuma,” although the flight was too short to view the whole film.

Almost up to cruising altitude:
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The crew sprang into action shortly after we cleared the cloud layer, coming down the aisles for a drink service, followed by a full hot lunch. I took a Tiger beer (I was hoping for something a little more local, but I didn’t see any Vietnamese beers on the cart) and peeled back the foil on my lunch to reveal the following:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2675.jpg

After reading a horror story on airlinemeals.net from someone who claimed they were fed horse meat on their SGN-HAN flight, I have to say I was very happy with my lunch. It was beef in a sweet-and-spicy sauce served with rice and a mix of cucumber, carrot and lotus root… a first for me and very tasty. There was also a nice little fruit sampler with pineapple, watermelon and papaya. Nicely done VN!

The rest of the flight passed pretty uneventfully. I had expected our flight to fly directly north from HCMC, passing over the corner of Cambodia and up the middle of Laos, but instead we flew northeast and then north, taking great care to stay inside Vietnamese airspace (which probably explains the two-hour flight time.) After passing Da Nang we flew out over the Gulf of Tonkin for a little while before beginning our descent into Hanoi.

Dodging thunderheads over central Vietnam, near Hue:
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A cabin view, taken mid-flight:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2681.jpg

The crew came through after the meal to offer tea and coffee, and after another 45 minutes or so the engines throttled back and we headed down towards Hanoi. The clouds were pretty dense, so there was almost nothing to see as we descended – just the odd rice field through breaks in the mist. A recorded announcement played a pre-landing briefing (the usual bit about raising your seatbacks, opening your window shades, etc.), followed by the rather alarming message “all passengers please prepare for an emergency landing.” No further instructions came from the crew, so we didn’t get too worked up – we later heard this is apparently a fairly frequent occurrence on VN domestic flights.

I shot a video of our landing, but it’s too large to post, and between the wing and the mist outside there wasn’t much to see. We finally dropped out of the clouds and skimmed over a never-ending landscape of rice fields and small villages before landing firmly on runway 11R at Noi Bai Airport.

As we turned off the runway it was clear that HAN is located out in the sticks, especially compared to SGN – there was nothing beyond the perimeter fence except banana trees and rice fields. We taxied back toward the terminal, passing the rather large Vietnam Airlines maintenance base on the way:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2684.jpg

Getting closer to the terminal… here’s a fellow 777-200 from Singapore Airlines pushing back with the control tower behind:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2687.jpg

And finally the terminal itself – HAN has a rather large and modern terminal with plenty of jetbridges, including this one attached to one of VN’s new A330s:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2689.jpg

Next door was a Malaysia Airlines 737 resting before its flight to Kuala Lumpur:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2691.jpg

This Air Asia 737 shows just how large the terminal building really is:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2694.jpg

We pulled to a stop at a jetway and the passengers sprung from their seats, literally pushing each other to get their hand baggage and head for the exits. We deplaned at a more leisurely pace – I stopped in the jetbridge to get a shot of a company A320 that arrived just behind us from Hue:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2695.jpg

A last look at our 777:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2696.jpg

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Noi Bai International Airport
Arrival


We were funneled down a ramp and into a long hallway leading to HAN’s domestic arrivals hall, which was clearly not designed to handle widebody domestic flights – between our full flight and the A320 from Hue, the place was jammed full of passengers. I took this shot before the pax from Hue came pouring in, although you can see them upstairs in the sterile corridor:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2697.jpg

From the window in the arrivals hall I got a shot of another A320 arriving – fortunately, it taxied to one of the international gates. I don’t think the domestic area could have handled another flight:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2698.jpg

Eventually our bags came trundling out on the carousel and we headed out to the arrivals curbfront, where we met the driver who would take us to our hotel in central Hanoi:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2700.jpg

Here’s a last shot from our drive into Hanoi on the Vietnamese version of an expressway – basically, a four-lane divided highway that’s really a free-for-all, with trucks, cars and tons of motorbikes jockeying for space in the narrow lanes. That’s an Asiana Airlines billboard in the background, showing a plane in their new colors:
http://i141.photobucket.com/albums/r54/ccguy17/sgn%20han/PICT2703.jpg

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That’s it for part two. VN provide a great deal for the money (our one way tickets were about $110 each, purchased through a travel agent in Vietnam) – free drinks, good food and lots of space on a very nice widebody. Not a bad way to spend two hours!

Part three will be up next… another Vietnam Airlines flight, this one from Hanoi down to Siem Reap in Cambodia. Stay tuned until then!

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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 763 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 26277 times:
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I see VN 777's at NRT and I like their pretty dark green design. Also I liked your pics in Vietnam and will look forward to the continuation of your TR


Have you kissed a 777 today?
User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4757 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 26025 times:

Now you are making miss Vietnam again!!!

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
The cab ride back to SGN cost only a fraction of what it had cost us the night before when we arrived – at that point, we’d been in such a jetlagged fog that we paid about $25 USD for the twenty-minute ride. The return trip cost us only about $5.

Dude... you got ripped off big time. Coupons for taxi rides from SGN should cost no more than USD12.00. Why didn't you head for the taxi counters? Or were you too jetlagged?

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
At the same time, however, it seems to be modernizing at an incredible pace, so I’d recommend visiting quickly if you want to catch a whiff of the “old” Vietnam.

After having been to Hanoi, HCMC doesn't seem all that "old" to me. I much prefer Hanoi for its slower pace, thank you.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
To remedy the situation, the Vietnamese government is planning a new airport at Long Thanh, about 30 miles northeast of town.

And with that, they had better build a highway to link HCMC to Long Thanh! Noticed how bad the traffic was everywhere in HCMC? It is a nightmare getting to and from SGN!

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
Our flight to Hanoi was checking in one side, while a flight to Da Nang and another to Frankfurt (why wasn’t the FRA flight using the new terminal, I wonder?)

Simple, this flight was a SGN-HAN-FRA flight. But still that does not explain what the CAL A330 was doing at the domestic terminal.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
With the population rapidly approaching 100 million, the country becoming more and more affluent, and rough terrain making air travel the best option for most journeys, I wouldn’t be surprised if Vietnam’s domestic market starts looking more and more like Japan’s or China’s in the next 10-15 years:

Vietnam is the fastest growing economy in SE Asia. So it would not be surprising for them to overtake the economies of countries like Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia looking at the pace of their development.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
peeled back the foil on my lunch to reveal the following:

I am impressed.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
I had expected our flight to fly directly north from HCMC, passing over the corner of Cambodia and up the middle of Laos, but instead we flew northeast and then north, taking great care to stay inside Vietnamese airspace (which probably explains the two-hour flight time.) After passing Da Nang we flew out over the Gulf of Tonkin for a little while before beginning our descent into Hanoi.

Now this explains everything! I took the same flight in reverse and was very puzzled as to why the flight took so damn long! 2hrs 10min! I was flying BL so there were no PTVs or any audible annoucements about how long the flight was going to take.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
This Air Asia 737 shows just how large the terminal building really is:

Come to think of it, HAN is just one BIG space of nothing.

I am in a retro mood now thinking of my Vietnam soiree a few months ago. I miss it terribly so here is a shameless plug of my own experiences...

Voyage Vietnam: SIN-HAN Part 1 (pics)
Voyage Vietnam: HAN-SGN Part 2 (pics)
Voyage Vietnam: SGN-SIN Part 3 (pics)



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User currently offlineCoolfish1103 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 405 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 25564 times:

The food is pretty good for a domestic flight... and I think the way they design their seats are pretty good in viewing.

China Airlines will hunt you down!


User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 25253 times:



Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):

A VN A320 parked alongside SGN’s rather worn-looking control tower:

Whoops, just realized that's a VN A321 in the picture next to the tower. I'll chalk it up to the late hour that I posted this report...

Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):

Dude... you got ripped off big time. Coupons for taxi rides from SGN should cost no more than USD12.00. Why didn't you head for the taxi counters? Or were you too jetlagged?

When we got into SGN we were completely exhausted. I think we knew we were being ripped off, but our attitude at that point was "just get us to our hotel." None of us had the energy to haggle, although we became pretty good at it over the next week or so.


User currently offlineEXAAUADL From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 25007 times:

Vietnam looks really modern.........

User currently offlineMHTripple7 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1109 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 24491 times:

Nice TR. VN looks like a really good airline.

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 7, posted (6 years 7 months 2 days ago) and read 24244 times:

Like Ryanair, you made me 'homesick' as my wife-to-be in 2 weeks' time is from HCMC  Smile

Have been there a few times and enjoyed every bit of the country, with friendly people (ALWAYS smiling at you) and relatively cheap...

Yes, that taxi ride of USD5 sounds more like it...the 1st one didn't use the meter ?
(Always demand to put it on !!!)

Good to see you've enjoyed VN...not flown on them yet, but the 777 looks spacious and the food tasty, even for a 'short' 2 hours flights.

You seem to be very knowledgeable about Viet Nam; do you have family-ties there ?

Looking forward to the continuation of your TR in Vietnam and Kampuchea: enjoyed it a lot sofar, so keep up the good job !!!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (6 years 7 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 23615 times:
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Nice report and pictures, really enjoyed the read - this is somewhere I really want to visit.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
A VN A320 parked alongside SGN’s rather worn-looking control tower:

- It's actually an A321.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
peeled back the foil on my lunch to reveal the following

- Nice! - Not a bad looking meal.

Look forward to the next part.

Regards

Mark



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User currently offline9W748Capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 628 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (6 years 6 months 4 weeks ago) and read 23164 times:

Nice report! I flew SGN-HAN and back on Pacific Airlines (BL) when I visited a few years ago. I have a few pics which I'll do a TR with. Some of your shots at SGN look identical to what I caught as well, except maybe a little better quality - hope you enjoyed your trip in the region - I loved it.

User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2074 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (6 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 22987 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 8):
Nice report and pictures, really enjoyed the read - this is somewhere I really want to visit.

It's definitely worth the trip. I was pretty amazed at how modern Vietnam has become (although admittedly, most of my knowledge was based on 30-year-old news reports from the Vietnam War.) I just wish we'd had more time to explore the country!


User currently offlineDCA-ROCguy From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 4528 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 22537 times:

Kudos to Vietnam for offering a quality airline and working to modernize its airports, in accordance with its booming economy! It's interesting that they can run dual hubs from SGN and HAN, given for instance Alitalia's failure to do so from two substantial (if different-economy)cities. It'll be interesting to see if VN succeeds at that in the long term, or if HAN or SGN emerges as a clear national hub.

VN's paint scheme is really classy--I saw it in FRA last year and thought it holds its own quite nicely among the the likes of neighbors Singapore Air, Cathay, and Thai.

Thanks too for the photos of city streets in Saigon. If their economy keeps booming, many of those motorbikes will eventually become cars, maybe unless oil continues to be ridiculously priced.

The glass jetways are terrific. I'd love to see more of them in the US.

Jim



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User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 836 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (6 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 22477 times:



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):
Now you are making miss Vietnam again!!!

I know exactly what you mean. Vietnam was a fantastic place and the couple of flights I took with VN were very good too (though not on 777s). Another great TR with lots of cool pics.

Well done again!!



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (6 years 6 months 1 week 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 22229 times:

Very good trip report!

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):

I’m not sure what this China Airlines A330 was doing over at the domestic terminal – does anyone know?



Quoting Ryanair!!! (Reply 2):

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
Our flight to Hanoi was checking in one side, while a flight to Da Nang and another to Frankfurt (why wasn’t the FRA flight using the new terminal, I wonder?)

Simple, this flight was a SGN-HAN-FRA flight. But still that does not explain what the CAL A330 was doing at the domestic terminal.

The CI A333 parking at domestic terminal could very much be the leased one. VN used to lease a A300 from CI and now they are leasing a A333.


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6676 posts, RR: 55
Reply 14, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 20389 times:

Very nice report! I did also flew SGN-HAN on VN a few years back and also had a very good meal in Y. I flew on VN-A144 which does not have PTVs.

The777Man



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User currently offline22886 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 19357 times:

Excellent trip report! Loved all your photos and descriptions. I always wondered what flying on VN's 777s was like and it looks great, have to try it out for myself sometime.

I had been doing some research on 777 aircraft utilization for my uni dissertation and for VN by far the most served route was HAN-SGN and back. Pretty much all of their international flights route through both cities as well as numerous daily stand alone domestic flights. It's great when airlines use widebodies for short flights, shame it doesn't happen over here in Europe much.


User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6945 posts, RR: 77
Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 month 2 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 17939 times:

Very entertaining report, you described well VN's domestic product. Always nice to get a 777 on relatively short sectors.

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
This was my first time on a 777 operated by someone other than American Airlines, and I have to say I like the 3-3-3 configuration better than AA’s 2-5-2.

I prefer 2-5-2 - it's simply better when traveling alone or as a pair. Of course you need to manage not to end up in the very middle seat...  Wink

Quoting Jsnww81 (Thread starter):
I took a Tiger beer (I was hoping for something a little more local, but I didn’t see any Vietnamese beers on the cart) and peeled back the foil on my lunch to reveal the following:

Great to see they have Tiger beer and not Heineken, Carlsberg or similar stuff many airlines serve.


PH



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