UPDATE | Vietnam Airlines' Boeing 787-9 flights to both Sydney and Melbourne will now commence in December 2016, rather than in late October as previously reported.
Although the airline's reservation system then showed the Boeing 787-9 flying Down Under from October 29 2016, flights until December will now continue to use the current aircraft types – that's the Boeing 777-200ER to Sydney and the Airbus A330-200 to Melbourne.
Passengers originally booked in premium economy on the Dreamliner before December 1 are advised to call Vietnam Airlines on 1300 888 028 to confirm whether their replacement aircraft offers this cabin and to discuss options if it doesn't.
PREVIOUS: March 11 2016 | SkyTeam alliance member Vietnam Airlines will fly its Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners from Ho Chi Minh City to Australia from later this year.
Replacing a Boeing 777-200ER on flights to Sydney and an Airbus A330-200 to Melbourne from October 29 2016, business class travellers can stretch out in fully-flat beds with direct aisle access from every seat…
… in what some high flyers might recognise as the Zodiac Cirrus seat also used also by American Airlines and Cathay Pacific on flights to Australia, but with each airline making their own tweaks.
There’s also a fresh premium economy cabin spanning five rows in a 2-3-2 layout for cost-conscious business travellers keen to remain productive and get some rest along the way:
For Sydney residents, flight VN772 pushes back at 11:50am daily to reach Saigon at 4:15pm, with the flight home, VN773, departing at 9:30pm for a next-day arrival into Sydney at 9:50am.
Melbourne follows a similar schedule with VN780 wheels-up at 11:25am each day for a 3:40pm touchdown in Vietnam, while VN781 takes to the skies at 9:10pm for a 9:25am arrival into Melbourne.
Vietnam Airlines’ Boeing 787 flights to both Sydney and Melbourne are now open for booking via the airline’s website…
… with business class passengers and SkyTeam Elite Plus frequent flyers in other classes given access to the SkyTeam lounge in Sydney, the Qantas international business class lounge in Melbourne and the Vietnam Airlines lounge at Tân Sơn Nhất International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City).
Follow Australian Business Traveller on Twitter – we're @AusBT