With over 50 years of flying history, Vietnam Airlines continues to be the regional leader for world-class service and performance. Starting from just a small fleet of five aircraft in 1956 under the brand Vietnam Civil Aviation Department, the national flag carrier has come a long way, with a strong fleet of 58 aircraft.
In its state-of-the-art B777-200ER, all of its Business Class cabins have 19.9″ electronically controlled seats with 6-way headrest, pitch of 60″ and extend pitch of 59″, personal 10.4″ touch screen television and lumbar support. The product, coupled with its new Golden Lotus image, earned the airline in 2006 the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate and saw it join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an official member.
Vietnam Airlines now has codeshare agreements with a number of airlines including American Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas Airways, China Southern Airlines and Philippine Airlines.
In April this year, Vietnam Airlines signed a preliminary agreement to confirm its first step towards full membership into the SkyTeam alliance which includes member airlines such as Air France/KLM, Delta Airlines and Continental Airlines.
The carrier currently flies to 18 cities throughout Vietnam and over 38 international destinations including Paris, Frankfurt, Taipei, Osaka, Manila, Sydney and Melbourne. In July, Vietnam Airlines purchased a 49 percent stake in Cambodia Angkor Air and now offers numerous weekly flights to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap, making Vietnam a major gateway to Indochina.
Looking ahead, the airline now awaits the delivery of its aircraft orders which include 10 Airbus 350-900 and 12 of the long-delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Vietnam Airlines is expected to have a fleet of 104 modern aircraft by 2015 and 150 by 2020, a move which will see it become the second biggest Southeast Asian airline in the world.
For more information on Vietnam Airlines visit www.vietnamairlines.com