Now the aircraft is in service after being delivered to the airline on July 6. Vietnam Airlines has will be using the 787-9 operation on their Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) to London Heathrow and Hanoi – London Heathrow routes.
Originally the airline ordered 787-8s but switched the order to the larger model back in 2010.
The Vietnam Airlines B787-9 Business Class has 28 seats, the airline has configured its business class cabin with a 1-2-1 layout featuring the Zodiac Cirrus seat. Each seat has a 42-inch pitch, and a 15.4-inch IFE screen.
The plane has 283 slimline economy seats from B/E Aerospace arranged in a 3-3-3 layout.
The airline has also taken delivery of the first of 14 Airbus 350s which will fly to Paris from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City in September/October. The two aircraft represent a massive modernisation of the airline’s fleet.
All Nippon Airways and JAL have already been flying the 787 into Vietnam on their on their Hanoi-Tokyo routes.