Vietnam Airlines Flights Changed by Chile Volcano

By Lang Thang.

Because the ash cloud from Chile's Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano passes over the south of Australia, the times of departure for flights from Australia to Vietnam by Vietnam Airlines on 22June2011 are to be changed. Time of departure for VN 780 from Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is to be changed from 10:35 A.M to 12:35 P.M (local time). The time of departure for VN 782 from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City is changed from 10:15 A.M. to 14:15 (local time). Earlier, on 21June2011 Vietnam Airlines flights' times from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne and Sydney were also changed by ash from the volcano.

Air France Increases Flights Between France and Vietnam

By Lang Thang.

According to Air France, the airline is to increase direct flights between Tan Son Nhat Airport (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) and Charles de Gaulle Airport (Paris, France) from the end of October-2011. Currently, Air France has flights from Ho Chi Minh City to Paris on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday and is planning two more flights on Monday and Saturday. All these flights are with Boeing B777-200 và B777-300. Due to low volume, direct flights between Vietnam and France were suspended earlier and was restored only a year ago.

Air France also discloses that the airline still maintains the 6 code-share flights per week with Vietnam Airlines between Hanoi and Paris. These code-share flights are operated by Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam Airlines Opens Direct Flights between Vietnam and the UK

By Lang Thang.

According to Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam will start direct flights between Vietnam and the UK from 8-December-2011. All these flights will arrive at and depart from London Gatwick Airport. No information about the airport in Vietnam for these flights and frequency of the flights was disclosed just yet. Vietnam Airlines is planning 7 flights per week between the two countries in 2014. By far, Vietnam Airlines is the first airline that offers direct flights between the UK and Vietnam. London is the fourth city in Europe that Vietnam Airlines has direct flights to and from; the other three are Paris, Frankfurt and Moscow.

Hue Phu Bai Airport Resumes Operations

By Lang Thang.

Hue Phu Bai Airport resumes operations on 14-June-2011 as planned. The airport was closed one month from 13-May-2011 to 13-June-2011 for repair. Repair was completed as planned. Air travellers to Hue had to go to and from Da Nang Airport earlier. Vietnam Airlines resumes its 4 daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hue and 3 daily flights between Hanoi and Hue. jetstar Pacific resumes its 2 daily flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hue.

Vietnam Airlines Starts Direct Flights between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur

By Lang Thang.

From 16-June-2011, Vietnam Airlines starts direct flights between Hanoi (Vietnam) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). On 3-June-2011, the airline company hosted a ceremony in co-operation with Vietnam-based travel agencies for promoting the direct flights between the two cities. Currently, air travellers between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur have to transit via Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). All flights will be with Airbus A321 which could carry 168 passengers per flight.

Vietnam Airlines


The opening of direct flights between Hanoi and Malaysia is in the strategy of Vietnam's national flag carrier to expand the network into different cities in South East Asia. The direct flight also helps Vietnam Airlines to facilitate the air travellers in connecting the flights to Europe and the North East of Asia. The direct flight makes it convenient for the travellers from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur and from Malaysia to northern Vietnam. Currently, more travellers from Malaysia would choose to travel to southern Vietnam instead of northern part of the country because of flight availability.

Vietnam Airlines opens direct flights Hanoi - Kaohsiung

By Lang Thang.

The national flag carrier of Vietnam, Vietnam Airlines, opens direct flights between Hanoi and Kaohsiung (Taiwan) starting from 17-June-2011. At first, the airlines is planning 3 flights per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday with Airbus 321 aircrafts. The flight from Hanoi departs at 18:30 and from Kaohsiung at 07:30 A.M local time. The duration of flight is 2 hours 30 minutes. Kaohsiung is a second biggest city of Taiwan, located in southwestern area of the country.


Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Temple of Literature Stone Steles in Memory of the World Register

By Lang Thang

On 26-May-2011, the Stone Steles of the Temple of Literature in Hanoi Vietnam, which are records of Royal Examinations of the Le and Mac Dynasties (1442-1779), were inscribed to the Memory of the World Register by the UNESCO. The 82 stone steles record names of the laureates of Royal Examinations of Le and Mac Dynasties were erected between 1484 and 1780 to commemorate the Royal Examinations held between 1442 and 1779.

Hanoi Temple of Literature
Hanoi Temple of Literature

Vietnam Airlines to Increase Flights into South East Asia

By Tieu Quy.

According to Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam is to increase direct flights from Hanoi to different South East Asian Countries. From 16-June-2011, the air firm is to open daily directly flights between Hanoi and Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia, so that there are 21 direct flights per week from Vietnam to Malaysia (1 daily from Hanoi and 2 daily flights from Ho Chi Minh City).

Vietnam Airines
Vietnam Airines

Vietnam Railways to Run Trains SE7/SE8 Again

According to Vietnam Railways Corporation, the company is running the trains SE7 and SE8 again from 20-May-2011 to meet the surging demand of Vietnamese travellers for holiday travel and of Vietnamese students for the entrance exams. Train SE8 departs from Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) at 06:25 A.M and arrives at Hanoi at 15:28 the next day; Train SE7 departs Hanoi at 06:15 A.M and arrives at Ho Chi Minh City at 15:05 the next day.

Train climbing the Hai Van Pass
Train climbing the Hai Van Pass between Da Nang and Hue, the Central Region of Vietnam

More flights to Con Dao Island Vietnam

By Lang Thang.

Because of increasing demand from the Vietnamese tourist to travel to Con Dao Island in southern Vietnam, local air carriers are increasing flights to the island starting from the summer of 2011.


Con Dao Island Vietnam
Con Dao island - Vietnam

According to VASCO, a subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines, the air firm are starting flights between Can Tho City (in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam) and Con Dao Island on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday starting from 1-June-2011. Currently, VASCO is having 21-24 flights/week between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao Island. The air firm may increase to 28 flights/week in the summer of 2011. All flights with VASCO are with ATR72-500.

Airfare in Vietnam to increase

With the approval of the new bases of ceiling airfares by the Aviation Authority of Vietnam which started coming into effect from 27-April-2011, all air carriers in the country have got plans for increasing the airfares accordingly. Jetstar Pacific và Air Mekong started applying the new airfare bases from 7-May-2011; and Vietnam Airlines, the biggest airline in Vietnam which accounts for about 70% of the market share, starts increasing airfares from 16-May-2011.  The newly approved ceiling airfares increase from 20-23% compared to the earlier bases.

Air Mekong