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.
#1 Hemsi has been a member since 6/3/2010. Posts: 16
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 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
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:
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 Hemsi has been a member since 6/3/2010. Posts: 16
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.
I love four hour layovers in Asia. Give me time to up my beer supply before I board.
#7 NYTim has been a member since 11/9/2009. Posts: 106
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.
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