The Sydney to London service provided by Vietnam country carrier Vietnam airlines is equal with the best. Not only are the prices a great magnet but they fly the new Boeing Dreamliner 787 which in itself is a huge bonus if you are in any of the three cabins, economy, premium economy and business class.The flat beds and ever attentive staff in business class make flying more of an experience than a chore.
Heading from Sydney over to the UK for the Rugby World my travelling companion, Jack insisted he wanted to travel in business class but wait for it only wanted to pay about 4K. Well forget the QF’s, BA’s CX’s EY’s and EK’s they all ranged from 6 to 8K.
Tired of going online and trying to get discounts and upgrades for points, one phone call to Flight Centre and we agreed to a AUD$4300 business class fare SYD TO LHR return, whoopee. How long has this been going on I asked “Not long” she said. “Not many know about it”
We worked it to have three nights in HCMC which is always an enjoyable experience especially if you know some locals to host you to some stunning restaurants and night life.
The experience started in the Lotus lounge in Sydney then onto their Airbus A330-200 for a nine hour trip to HCMC. Service food and comfort, all top class
In HCMC check out the AB Chilly Sky Bar near the New World Hotel , Le Lai Street, District . The views are sky high and so are the prices. (four Corona’s $40 AUD) It has a sophisticated clientele with loud modern boom boom music. It’s an age thing I suppose
After three nights R and R if you can call it that, head to the airport for a flight SGN to HAN then on to LHR. What a surprise to find we are in one of the new 787 for both legs of the journey. The usual equipment on the first leg is the new Airbus A750 so either way you have a new experience.
The new aircraft have made the airline a lot more sophisticated from the dress and the ambience to the service and communication. With the fuselage stretched 6 meters over the 787-8, the 787-9 can fly more passengers and more cargo further yet with the same exceptional environmental efficiency – 20 percent less fuel use and emissions than the airplanes they replace, according to Boeing. The ambient lighting of soft pinks, purples and blues oscillating in the three cabins, economy, premium economy and business is relaxing. After the obligatory champagne in business class we settle in for a 12 hour flight to London Heathrow.
The return journey wasn’t quite as uneventful. As we push back from LHR all three classes are full. I am in the same seat as the flight over 3G. These four B 787 – 9 aircraft entered the fleet in July 2015 and are configured with 274 seats, 28 business class an 25 premium economy.
After take-off and having taken drinks and food orders an announcement is made that we will be diverting to Frankfurt because of a cautionary computer problem. This took up an extra couple of hours and there were fire trucks and ambulances on the tarmac as a precaution. Passengers and the relaxed staff thought this was a unique experience and nobody seemed the least bit concerned. The problem was quickly fixed as the passengers took advantage of an open bar and a couple of ukulele songs by yours truly and after buckling up again we were on our way again to SYD via SGN.
In conclusion it was a great flying experience and it would be good to keep the costs a secret for next time.
For further information and bookings go to www.vietnamairlines.com T 1300888028
Written by John Savage who paid for his fare.