Vietnam’s flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, will be enhancing two of its services to China along with one of its Australia routes in the northern summer 2017 season, according to industry website airlineroute.net.
Starting March 29, Vietnam Airlines will launch a new Boeing 787-9 non-stop, three-times-weekly flight between Hanoi and Sydney. VN787 will depart Hanoi close to midnight on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday, arriving the following midday in Sydney. The return VN786 flight will depart the Australian city in the early afternoon and arrive back in Hanoi just before 9pm on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Vietnam Airlines received delivery of its tenth B787-9 in November, which was deployed on the carrier’s London Heathrow service.
The airline is also set to change equipment on its Hanoi-Shanghai Pudong and Ho Chi Minh City-Guangzhou routes starting July 1 and October 1, respectively. Vietnam Airlines will begin deploying Airbus A350-900s on these two routes – the Shanghai service is currently operated by an A330-200, while its Guangzhou route is operated by an A321.
The upgauge will increase the number of seats per flight on both routes to 305, including 29 business and 231 economy class seats, along with the addition of 45 premium economy seats – a tier not offered on its A330 and A321.
Details for the routes are as follows (all times local):
Hanoi (HAN)-Sydney (SYD)
|VN787||HAN||SYD||2355||1215+1||Tue, Fri, Sun|
|VN786||SYD||HAN||1415||2050||Mon, Wed, Sat|
Hanoi (HAN)-Shanghai Pudong (PVG)
Ho Chi Minh City (SGN)-Guangzhou (CAN)