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Vietnam Airlines for a long distance flight?

  • Hemsi

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    Hi everybody,

    after our last trip to Vietnam in May/June this year we're already into planning the next one ;-) Now, I found a very good offer for a non-stop return flight (Frankfurt-Saigon) with Vietnam Airlines. That's an 11,5-13h flight ... has anyone made any experience with this airline on long-distance flights? Would you recommend it in terms of safety/comfort/etc.?

    On our last trip we flew with Vietnam Airlines from Saigon to Nha Trang, that was absolutely ok ... but it was only a one hour flight.

    Thanks!

    #1 Posted: 12/8/2010 - 03:09

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  • NYTim

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    I have flown Vietnam Airlines many times within Vietnam. I would suspect that your flight will be handled by another carrier using a code share with Vietnam Airlines. If indeed it is Vietnam Airlines they are very good. Hope this helps.

    #2 Posted: 12/8/2010 - 07:29

  • daawgon

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    NYTim is incorrect, Vietnam Air flies to FRA, CDG and SVO in Europe with their own metal - B777-200. I've only flown VN on domestic routes so far, so I can't comment. I did find a trip report for a chap who flew them on the Sydney-Saigon route:

    http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/trip_reports/read.main/150862

    #3 Posted: 13/8/2010 - 11:31

  • Hemsi

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    Thanks for your answers. We're simply going to test it, we've just booked our tickets Frankfurt-Saigon (direct). Let's hope, we won't regret it ;-)

    #4 Posted: 15/8/2010 - 22:54

  • MADMAC

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    Hemsi
    Let us know how it is after the flight. I took a Taiwanese airline on my flight to the states, and was v ery pleasantly surprised at how good it was in all aspects (except for the tortuous duration).

    #5 Posted: 15/8/2010 - 23:23

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    I flew Vietnam Airlines to Europe a few years ago (BKK-CDG return).

    The planes were new with individual TV screens, the cabin crew were charming and the food was good too if I remember right. I was very pleasantly surprised. The only thing I didn't like (which won't affect you) was the 4 hour layover in Ho Ch Minh both ways.

    The following year there was an 8 hour wait for the connecting flight to BKK... that's the only reason I didn't use the airline again.

    #6 Posted: 15/8/2010 - 23:55

  • NYTim

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    I love four hour layovers in Asia. Give me time to up my beer supply before I board.

    #7 Posted: 16/8/2010 - 00:30

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    Can't you get beer on arrival? I find it frustrating to look down as we fly over my destination and know it's still going to be hours before I get there.

    Pity they don't offer parachutes.

    #8 Posted: 16/8/2010 - 00:43

  • kptn82

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    I'm Vietnamese, I flight from Aust to VN almost yearly but I only flew VN Airline once. (a a few times domestically).

    The flight is 7-8hr and its not too bad, as im not very fussy and I can speak the languague.

    One thing i absolutely hate about VN Airline - their smileless flight atttendant! Because majority of the attendants have connections. Without connection or something related, you woudln't be able to qualify for a job there. Also, I have seen the *b!tching, rude staff telling passenger off. If you think that US attendant is bad, wait till you meet an irate VN airline attendant

    Here's an article about VN Airline
    http://www.smh.com.au/travel/traveller-tips/flight-test-vietnam-airlines-economy-class-20100715-10cbo.html

    #9 Posted: 20/8/2010 - 11:50

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