San Francisco International Airport (SFO) made this announcement on social media:
Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) will launch its first flights to the United States on November 28.
The flag carrier will operate two flights a week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco (above) with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Top Copyright Photo: Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner VN-A870 (msn 39289) LHR (Keith Burton). Image: 955861.
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Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) is planning to launch the Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) – San Francisco route with regular flights in late October according to Bloomberg.
It won’t be the first time the airline has been at SFO.
In the early morning of August 25, 2021 flight VN9 operated by Vietnam Airlines from San Francisco (USA) landed safely at Noi Bai Airport. The flight brought 277 Vietnamese citizens in the United States back home, and transported more than 6.2 tons of medical equipment and supplies from overseas Vietnamese in the United States to send and share with compatriots in the country. This is also the first time in history that a flight operated by a Vietnamese airline is licensed to transport goods between the two countries.
QANTAS Group has confirmed it will sell its 30 percent minority share of Jetstar Pacific Airlines of Vietnam to co-owner Vietnam Airlines
QANTAS wants to focus on its other airlines.
Jetstar Pacific made this announcement:
Vietnam Airlines and QANTAS Group (Australia) have agreed to promote changes to Jetstar Pacific to improve business production and profitability of this low-cost airline, while promoting scale and the brand power of Vietnam Airlines in the domestic market.
Jetstar Pacific will conduct the procedures needed to change the brand name to Pacific Airlines, with a new logo and brand recognition set inspired by Vietnam Airlines’s main color. The time Jetstar Pacific officially operates under new name Pacific Airlines will be based on authorities decision.
Pacific Airlines will also convert booking system from Navitaire to Sabre – Vietnam Airlines system in operation – to synchronize the flight, booking procedures and features for customers with Vietnam Airlines.
After changing the brand name, Vietnam Airlines and Pacific Airlines will continue to create a product series that not only meets the diverse needs of customers from low-to high-end cost segment, but also increases value, benefits for both customers and businesses.
Jetstar Pacific Airlines became the first low-cost airline in Vietnam when it was launched in May 2008. The carrier flies to 16 domestic and international destinations with its fleet of 10 Airbus A320 aircraft.
Jetstar Pacific is owned by two major shareholders. Vietnam Airlines holds 70 percent, and the QANTAS Group holds 30 percent.
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Boeing delivered the first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes to Vietnam Airlines today via lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The new 787-10 (VN-A879) will complement Vietnam Airlines’ existing fleet of 787-9 jets. Both feature the Dreamliner’s ultra-efficient technology and passenger-pleasing comforts. The 787-10 is longer than the 787-9, providing the space to carry 40 more passengers and more cargo and helping it offer the lowest operating costs per seat of any twin-aisle jet in service today. Vietnam Airlines is outfitting its 787-10 models with 367 seats (24 in business class and 343 in economy class). In addition to its size and fuel efficiency, the 787-10 can cover long distances. With a published range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), the 787-10 can fly more than 95 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.
With the delivery to Vietnam Airlines, the 787-10 continues to expand its global presence. More than 30 of this Dreamliner model have been delivered to six operators since the airplane entered commercial service last year. Airlines are deploying the 787-10 around the world, especially in Asia as it is home to more than half of all 787-10 destinations.
Photo: Boeing. VN-A879 departs from CHS.
After two years of construction, Van Don International Airport opened on December 30, 2018 in Quang Ninh province — home to the UNESCO world Heritage site Halong Bay — just 220 kilometers from the capital Hanoi.
This is the first ever international airport in Vietnam to be developed by a private company, namely, Sun Group — the country’s premier developer of tourism, leisure and entertainment-focused properties and projects.
With a total investment of VND7.463 billion (US$310 million), the airport was constructed with the assistance of NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), one of the world’s leading airport consultancy and engineering firms.
“It is the most modern airport in Vietnam. It will have positive influences on the passengers’ experience here in the airport,” said Romy Berntsen, a project manager and architect from NACO.
Besides being equipped with the latest airport technologies in the main terminal, and a state-of-the-art runway, the new airport features a beautiful design inspired by the heavenly Halong Bay, which is just 50km away.
As a new gateway for both domestic and international travellers coming to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, the airport will receive an estimated 2 to 2.5 million passengers annually for the next two years and five million per year by 2030.
On the same day, Sun Group officially unveiled two more major new infrastructures projects in Quang Ninh, namely, the new Halong-Van Don Highway and Halong International Cruise Port. The new four-lane, 60km-long highway will reduce travel time from Van Don Airport to Halong city to just under 50 minutes.
With total investment of VND1,032 billion (US$43 million), Halong International Cruise Port is the first ever cruise port dedicated exclusively to receiving international cruise ships.
Located in Bai Chay ward, Halong City, the port can accommodate two cruise ships(up to 225,000 GRT each) at the same time and a total of 8,460 passengers, including crew.
The port terminal, designed by Bill Bensley, one of the world’s most renowned and innovative architects, will be a new landmark for the city and Quang Ninh Province.
The opening of all three major infrastructure projects will play an immense role in tapping the province’s full tourism potential and create new opportunities for international trade and economic cooperation.
Vietnam Airlines was the first airline to use the new airport.
Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. and Vietnam Airlines celebrated delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A321neo aircraft (VN-A618, msn 8589) powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines.
Vietnam Airlines is leasing the aircraft from Aviation Capital Group (ACG). The airline announced selection of the GTF engine to power 20 Airbus A321neo aircraft in November 2017. The delivery was celebrated at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany with Vietnam Airlines, Airbus, ACG and Pratt & Whitney officials in attendance.
Pratt & Whitney and Vietnam Airlines share a long history dating back to the early 1990s when the airline received its first PW4000-powered 767. Today, the airline’s fleet consists of 57 V2500®-powered A320ceo aircraft and 2 PW4170-powered A330 aircraft. With the addition of the A321neo aircraft, Vietnam Airlines plans to continue their growth in the region.
Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.
Vietnam Airlines issued this short statement on social media:
Vietnam Airlines has welcomed 200 million passengers after more than 22 years. We would like to express a million thanks to all beloved passengers for your trust and confidence.
Together, we reach further.
Photos: Vietnam Airlines.
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Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the placement of twelve new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long term lease to Vietnam Airlines. Six of the aircraft will deliver in 2018 and six of the aircraft will deliver in 2019, all from ALC’s order book with Airbus.
Last year ALC announced long term lease contracts with Vietnam Airlines for eight new Boeing 787-10s, which are scheduled to begin delivering in 2019 and continue through 2021.
Copyright Photo: The newer A321neo aircraft are expected to replace the older A321s. Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-231 VN-A605 (msn 5699) SIN (TMK Photography). Image: 925254.
Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) celebrated a historic event today (July 6) witnessed by H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, with the flag carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner serving as a backdrop.
The event was attended by more than 200 delegates, ministers and ambassadors from Vietnam and the United States, as well as local and international media, and other invited guests at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The airplane on display is scheduled to be delivered to Vietnam Airlines later this month.
At the event, the two companies also signed a memorandum of collaboration toward the goal of Vietnam Airlines’ fleet replacement and expansion. Boeing has offered the airline eight 787-10 Dreamliners and eight 777-8Xs, which the airline acknowledged. Boeing and Vietnam Airlines will work together and report to government authorities before coming to official cooperation agreements in the future.
Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam, operates more than 360 daily flights with its young fleet of modern aircrafts. The airline, headquartered in Hanoi, will continue to expand its fleet with new and modern aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family. Vietnam Airlines became an official member of SkyTeam Alliance in 2010 and was the first representative of the alliance in the Southeast Asia region.
Photo: Boeing. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N1020K (msn 35151) completes the final river approach to DCA today. The airliner will become VN-A861 on delivery.