Vietnam Airlines launched the new Airbus A350- 900 XWB on routes from Frankfurt to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City on January 2, 2018.
In all, the company is set to receive four A350’s in 2018, 2019 and eight Boeing 787-10’s leased by ALC in 2019, 2020 and 2021. They will also receive 20 A321 NEOs leased by ICBC, ACG and ALC during 2018-2019. VNA’s fleet will include 110 aircraft by 2020 and 150 aircraft by 2030, all of which are modern and fuel-efficient. The airline has increased flight frequencies from Frankfurt from nine to ten flights per week, meaning in 2018, Vietnam Airlines flies six times a week to Hanoi and four times a week to Ho Chi Minh City. Both flight routes are travelled nonstop in a flight time of about 10.5 hours.
The A350 XWB benefits from being built with over 70% advanced materials; combining carbon composites (53%), titanium and modern aluminium alloys, to create a lighter and more cost-efficient aircraft while also reducing maintenance requirements. The Vietnam Airlines A350 is equipped with a total of 305 seats: Business class has 29 seats and the economy class is equipped with 240 seats, while there are 36 seats in the award-winning premium economy class. The A350 therefore offers 10% more capacity compared to the 787 Dreamliner used previously.
Hall 26c / Stand 313