Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner under a lease arrangement with Air Lease Corporation. The first of eight 787-10s for the SkyTeam member carrier will be deployed on the Vietnamese flag carrier’s busiest routes in its expanding network.
The new 787-10 will complement Vietnam Airlines’ existing fleet of 787-9 jets. Both feature the Dreamliner‘s ultra-efficient technology and passenger-pleasing comforts. The longer body of the -10 will enable the airline to carry 40 more passengers and more cargo than the -9, helping it offer the lowest operating costs per seat of any twin-aisle jet in service today.
Vietnam Airlines is outfitting its 787-10 models with 367 seats (24 in business class and 343 in economy class). In addition to its size and fuel efficiency, the 787-10 can cover distances of up to 11,910 km – more than 95% of the world’s twin-aisle routes.
Vietnam Airlines has also inked a new two-way codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines to expand their existing cooperation, starting as of October 2019.
The two carriers are scheduled to review the flight operations system in September 2019. Once ascertained that Vietnam Airlines is up to operational standard, Delta Air Lines shall offer Vietnam Airlines tickets on the Hanoi-Tokyo route to passengers in need of connecting flights to the US. It is the first move that Vietnam Airlines has made into the US market, with the intention to operate its own aircraft to key hubs in the future.
In 2010, Vietnam Airlines forged a one-way codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines on 10 international routes to/from the US and 10 domestic routes in the US. The agreement has enabled Vietnam Airlines passengers to fly to 8 US states by transiting through Delta’s Tokyo (Japan) or Frankfurt (Germany) hubs.
The upgrade into a two-way partnership allows passengers to book a codeshare flight and fulfil flight formalities only once for their entire journey through either Vietnam Airlines or Delta Air Lines, thereby facilitating their visits to popular destinations in both countries.