Home' Asian Aviation : AAV July August 2011 Contents Vietnam has proven to be an
increasingly popular destination
for tourists, helping generate strong
growth in demand for air travel to,
from and within the country.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines
has been reaping the benefits, having completely
modernised its eet and last year become a member of
the SkyTeam global airline alliance, alongside carriers
such as Air France, KLM, China Eastern Airlines,
Delta Air Lines and Korean Air.
Vietnam Airlines history dates back to 1956, when
the North Vietnamese government established its Civil
Aviation Department, marking the birth of Vietnam s
civil aviation industry. e airline began operations
with a eet of just ve, Soviet-built aircra , which
started operating on domestic ights in September
A major turning point for the carrier came in April
1993, when Vietnam Airlines was o cially established
as the country s ag carrier. ree years later, in May
1996, Vietnam Airlines Corporation gathered
together 20 aviation enterprises into a single group,
with the airline itself as the core business.
October 2002 marked the debut of the carrier s
Golden Lotus logo as it strove for recognition as a
world-class carrier. According to the airline, the new
improvements in the company s infrastructure,
operations and eet.
e carrier says the arrival of its rst Boeing 777 in
2003 was a milestone in the modernisation of its eet.
" ree years later, Vietnam Airlines became one of the
most modern eets in the region," the company says.
According to the airline, it has experienced an
average tra c growth rate of more than 10 percent per
annum, with the exception of 1997, when the Asian
nancial crisis struck.
Today, the airline operates a eet of 69 aircra to 20
cities in Vietnam and 26 international destinations in
Asia, Australia and Europe. e network today covers
19 countries -- not including code-share destinations
-- with hubs at Hanoi s Noi Bai International Airport
and Ho Chi Minh City s Tan Son Nhat International
Airport. Once it opens by 2020, the new Long anh
International Airport -- about 40km north-east of Ho
e carrier passed its International Air Transport
Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit in
2006, con rming it as a member of the airline group,
which represents some 230 carriers, accounting for
about 93 percent of scheduled international air tra c.
Vietnam Airlines says it expects its current eet
of 69 aircra to expand to 115 by 2015, growing
further to number 170 by 2020. e current eet
comprises Airbus A320 and A321 narrowbodies,
widebody A330s, ten 777-200ERs, two Fokker 70s
and a turboprop eet of 15 ATR 72s. e carrier
has outstanding orders for dozens more aircra --
including 12 units of Airbus s planned A350-900
widebody twin, four A380-800s and 16 Boeing
e expansion of the eet has created an increased
need for pilot training. In October last year, the airline
and Bay Vet Flight Training agreed to train 60 pilots
Vietnam Airlines has made vast strides towards becoming a serious international contender as travel demand to
Vietnam increases, including securing membership both of IATA and SkyTeam, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Vietnam Airlines taps tourist boom
According to the airline, it has experienced an average traffic
growth rate of more than 10 percent per annum, with the
exception of 1997, when the Asian financial crisis struck.
brand was simultaneously accompanied by signi cant
Chi Minh City, will also be a Vietnam Airlines hub.
in Vietnam during 2011 and 2012. Last year, the
Vietnam Airlines says the
arrival of the Boeing 777 in
its fleet was a milestone in
its modernisation plans.
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