With the start of the summer 2005 operations, Air France will give up its recently launched nonstop links to the Vietnamese cities of Hanoi (HAN
) and Ho Chi Minh (SGN
) in favor of a return to a direct connection passing through Bangkok.
Air France currently operates thrice weekly nonstop A343 service between CDG
and codeshares on Vietnam Airlines' four weekly B772 nonstops. The capital city of Hanoi is currently served twice weekly by AF
, nonstop with A343, and three times by its codeshare partner VN
For the summer of 2005, Air France has planned to return to its previous regimen of serving both cities via Bangkok. Thus, SGN
will be served 4 times weekly and HAN
will receive 3 weekly flights from Paris via Bangkok. All flights are to be operated by A343. The VN
-code share flights are not currently programmed, and it is unclear whether they are to continue.
I guess that AF
's nonstop experiment to Vietnam failed because of low yields. What is surprising, however, is that, with the return of the direct flights via Bangkok, service the latter will effectively be downgraded from a daily dedicated terminator service to a daily flight to be shared with another station. It is surprising that AF
does not operate larger equipment into BKK
instead, as many other European airlines outstrip AF
in capacity and/or frequency at BKK