Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of its first of eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft.
The Vietnamese flag carrier’s Boeing 787-10 aircraft is outfitted with 367 seats, including 24 in business class laid out in a 1-2-1 configuration and 343 in economy class in a 3-3-3 configuration. Each business class seat can recline into a fully flat bed, while each economy class seat offers a five- to six-inch recline.
The aircraft is on lease from Air Lease Corporation, a Los Angeles-based aircraft leasing company.
According to Pham Ngoc Minh, chairman of the board of directors of Vietnam Airlines, the Boeing 787-10 will fly the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route as well as “many international routes”. A spokesperson for Vietnam Airlines has confirmed that the airline will first use the new aircraft on its Ho Chi Minh City-Incheon and Ho Chi Minh City-Busan services this year.
The new Boeing 787-10 aircraft will complement the airline’s existing fleet of Boeing 787-9s, a shorter variant of the Dreamliner.
The Vietnamese flag carrier implemented a new piece concept baggage allowance policy for all its flights earlier this month. It will also extend its codeshare agreement with Delta starting October this year.