PKC airport seems very fanciful, if they're going to start US flights then it'll be a 787 or A350, with a stop either in TPE or no stop at all.
As I said in #70
-- the idea was something completely out of "left field
is not supposed to be much more than a tech stop with an odd chance of taking on a few passengers. Its choice was inspired by the comment about how Russians loved CXR and PHH.
Why PKC but not some Taiwan/Korea/Japan airport.
presents a workable stop for VN
's 'future' XLRs. Secondly, it allows for just the right amount of fuel plus reserves to be carried on both legs by say an A338
making the trip more weight efficient (not sure though if depot refueling is available there cheaply). I had considered CTS
as a more conventional stopover, but the call of adventure was strong.
Didn't know a stop at ICN
would be more appealing to Vietnamese than one on the mainland.
In fact the "A321 to the US" thing was just a JOKE
It is no way that VN would bring that tiny narrowbody TPAC. Although VN always says that the demand might not enough, it also say that it needs the bigger 777X/A35K for its US service
Vietnam Airlines is determined to launch services to the United States by the end of 2019, with more clarity expected soon about the country's US Federal Aviation Administration status.
The Skyteam carrier is assessing both the Boeing 777X and Airbus A350-1000 for the 7,098nm Ho Chi Minh City-Los Angeles route, says Vietnam Airlines executive vice president Le Hong Ha.
"The flight time is quite long, more than 16 hours," he says. "The sellable payload is very important to us, so we are studying what aircraft, based on performance, allows us to launch the route by the end of 2019."
The possible acquisition would entail four aircraft. Should the 777X be selected, the aircraft is only likely to be available for Vietnam Airlines in 2021.
Or at least use its existing 789/78X/359 nonstop or a stop in TPE/KIX/ICN. Those airports are main playgrounds of CI, ANA and KE, those are VN's big partners. A codeshare agreement/JV would turn the Vietnam - California route into a goldmine. The partnerships are also an advantage of VN to its main rival QH, when Bamboo is still a solo carrier with no partner airline until this moment.
Back to the topic of the narrowbodies, no widebodies and US things here
New hint about the 50-narrowbody order.
The government suggested VN to change its engine option, no more unstable PW here
Not a very new article (since Dec 19), but an important hint. Would VN become the next big guy (after Qatar, Royal Brunei Air, China Southern, VietJet Air, Indigo) to escape from PW and become a new customer of the LEAP. Especially when there are rumours that VN is also eyeing the LEAP-powered MAX, this would make more sense.