Tuesday, December 6, 2016
All-787 Boeing Operations of Vietnam Airlines switched to Australian Routes
All Boeing 787 Airplanes of Vietnam Airlines has been routed via Australia after the Skyteam Alliance member switched both its Melbourne and Sydney services to the next-generation Dreamliner.
Vietnam Airlines’ maiden 787 Boeing Flight to Australia arrived morning, when VN781 operated by 787-9 VN-A865 landed 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 Vietnam Airline is the Eighth carrier to serve Melbourne Tullamarine with the Boeing 787 Aircraft alongside Air India, Air New Zealand, Royal Brunei Airlines, Scoot,Jetstar, United and Xiamen Airlines.
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.
Melbourne is to get another 787 operator with LATAM announcing the start of Melbourne-Santiago nonstop flights from October 2017.
Qantas also places its QF airline code on Vietnam Airlines’ two Australian routes.
Vietnam Airlines previously operated Boeing 777-200ERs on the Ho Chi Minh City-Sydney route. The switch to the Dreamliner totals 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.
Farheen Khursheed Khan [MBA]