Vietnam Airlines opens reservations for A350

Vietnam Airlines, a member of the SkyTeam alliance, has opened reservations for its first Airbus A350 route from Hanoi to Paris’ Charles-de-Gaulle from September 30.

The flight will operate six times a week. Outbound VN019 will depart Hanoi’s Noi Bai at 2355 with a 0700 arrival into the French capital the following day. Inbound VN018 will commence its return at 1400 and touch back down in Vietnam at 0550 the next morning.

Passengers will have countless onward connection opportunities from Paris on alliance partner Air France’s extensive European and African network.

The airline has not revealed the seating configuration for the A350 fleet yet, but is widely expected to continue with its three-class offering comprising business, premium economy and economy class.

Under Vietnam Airlines’ renewal strategy, its nine A330-200s and nine 777-200ERs will be replaced with the modern generation equipment by the end of 2018, with additional A350s and 787s used to support a growth strategy to support Vietnam’s growing standing in the global economy.

Vietnam Airlines currently flies to four destinations in Europe (Frankfurt, London, Moscow, Paris) but has plans to add another “2-3 ports of call by 2018”, a source at the airline told Business Traveller Asia-Pacific.

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