[Airline Reporter, 6 April 2015] Airline Reporter asks, Is Vietnam Airlines the next ‘it’ carrier in South East Asia? Below is an abridged version of the article that was published on 6 April 2015.

Vietnam Airlines, the government-owned national flag carrier for Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is on the cusp of its first major international expansion in over a decade.

The airline has made no secret of its desire to become the second-largest carrier in Southeast Asia by 2020, behind Singapore Airlines. With the financial near-collapses of regional competitors Thai Airways and Malaysia Airlines and the upcoming expansion of its long-haul fleet, Vietnam Airlines is poised to gain significant market share and inch closer to its goal of regional domination…

Revitalization of the Long-Haul Fleet

Vietnam Airlines’ fleet renewal and expansion plans calls for 33 new fuel-efficient long-range aircraft, split between 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 14 Airbus A350-900s. The first of both types will be delivered this summer, and the carrier intends to replace its entire wide-body fleet by 2018, with an anticipated total fleet size of 100 by 2020…

The inaugural international flight for the 787-9 is expected to be on June 29th from HAN to London-Heathrow (LHR), followed by the first long-haul A350-900 flight from HAN to Paris (CDG) scheduled for September 30th…

Commencing Non-Stop Service to North America

Vietnam Airlines has repeatedly stated its desire to launch nonstop service to North America and its population of over 1.8 million Vietnamese…

Photo credit: A Vietnam Airlines’ Airbus A330-200 in Sydney – Photo: Icarus | Flickr CC (taken from Airline Reporter).

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