Vietnam Airlines Introduces Airbus A350

Vietnam Airlines has begun operating the new Airbus A350-900XWB, marking the arrival of its first next-generation aircraft and the start of an ambitious modernisation programme for its long-haul fleet.


Configured in a 3-class layout comprising 29 business, 45 premium economy and 231 economy class seats, the jet is currently flying between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City before being deployed on the flagship Hanoi – Paris (Charles de Gaulle) service. Offering direct aisle access and better privacy with a staggered 1-2-1 seating, the new full-flat business class product is a considerable improvement over the current angled-flat seats on the Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s. Interestingly premium economy and regular economy will sport the same 18-inch wide seat from Airbus with an in-seat personal monitor, electrical outlet and USB connectivity, although the former is believed to offer more legroom.


Vietnam Airlines also took the opportunity to refresh its brand identity, showcasing a revised livery, new crew uniforms and onboard service concepts. The Skyteam member has ambitions to become a major international carrier and regional powerhouse in Southeast Asia.


14 A350-900XWBs acquired via firm orders and lessors are set to form the backbone of the airline’s new long-haul fleet, together with 19 new Boeing 787 Dreamliners it currently has on-order.


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