Vietnam Airlines switches Australian routes to all-787 operation

written by australianaviation.com.au | December 5, 2016

Australia has become an all Boeing 787 destination for Vietnam Airlines after the Skyteam alliance member switched both its Melbourne and Sydney services to the next-generation Dreamliner.

Vietnam Airlines’ first 787 flight to Australia arrived on Friday morning, when VN781 operated by 787-9 VN-A865 touched down at Melbourne Tullamarine at about 0930, after an eight hour and 20 minute journey from Ho Chi Minh City. The route was previously served with Airbus A330-200 equipment.

The airline is the eighth carrier to serve Melbourne Tullamarine with the 787 alongside Air India, Air New Zealand, Jetstar, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scoot, United and Xiamen Airlines.

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And Melbourne is due to get another 787 operator with LATAM announcing the start of Melbourne-Santiago nonstop flights from October 2017.

Vietnam Airlines has 10 Boeing 787-9s in its fleet. (Victor Pody)
Vietnam Airlines has 10 Boeing 787-9s in its fleet. (Victor Pody)

Meanwhile, Vietnam Airlines’ first 787 service to Sydney arrived less than an hour after the flight to Melbourne landed.

Flight VN773, operated by 787-9 VN-A870, arrived at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport a little after 1010, with passengers taken on a scenic fly over Sydney Harbour prior to landing.

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 VN-A870 over Sydney Harbour. (Seth Jaworski)
Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 VN-A870 over Sydney Harbour. (Seth Jaworski)

Vietnam Airlines previously operated Boeing 777-200ERs on the Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney route. The switch to the Dreamliner brings to nine the number of carriers operating the aircraft at Sydney – Vietnam Airlines joins Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Jetstar, LATAM Airlines, Scoot, United and Xiamen Airlines.

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Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 VN-A870 landing at Sydney Airport. (Seth Jaworski)
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5 Comments

  • Joseph Favazza

    says:

    Well done VN, a great carrier.

  • Ben

    says:

    Great news. I think Vietnam may have one of the best colour schemes out there and the 787 as an aircraft just seems to be going from strength to strength.

  • John Gibson

    says:

    I see from this report that Vietnam Airlines has 10 Boeing 787-9 Aircraft !!! – Having had 2 long haul flights recently with Air Canada, from Brisbane to Vancouver – on this “superb” airplane, i would rate our latest flight experiences AT LEAST 50% BETTER than any of the scores of International Long Haul flights i have undertaken in the last 20 years ! – So Smooth & Quiet; and around 30% bigger area windows, with the light transparency of the glass adjustable by pressing a button ! – However, Qantas currently has “0” of this composite hull aircraft !! – However, its budget entity has had them for some years now !, Qantas currently continues to fly B747 – 400 aircraft from Brisbane to LAX !! – ( Dear Mr Qantas – you lost me years ago !!) – This aircraft also has the most “aerodynamically efficient wing” on any aircraft flying + the best & most fuel efficient – GE Engines, that I am aware of !

  • Stephen Kamens

    says:

    It’s been a long time since I last saw an Air VietNam airliner. In fact, it’s been since 1968. When they flew DC-3’s
    and DC 6’s. As above, they have a great coloration, and I’m glad to see them doing well.

  • Paul Khelley

    says:

    I travel business class every month Melb to HCMC. I’ve been waiting for the 787s. Next trip to HCMC is on the 22nd Dec. It will be a refreshing change from the A330’s as they were getting tired and the beds were incline not flat.
    Good on you Vietnam Airlines. Although I’ve seen a few negative comments in passenger reviews in more than 30 trips I’ve never had any issues. Keep up the good work. Great fare prices and a great airline to fly. with

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