Vietnam Airlines will begin direct flights between Sydney and the Vietnamese capital Hanoi from late March, adding the northern city to its current Sydney-Saigon and Melbourne-Saigon schedule.
While Saigon (also known as Ho Chi Minh City) is Vietnam's largest city, business travellers needing to visit the political and bureaucratic epicentre have previously done so via a two hour hop on connecting flights via the busy Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
A spokesperson for Vietnam Airlines confirmed the launch to Australian Business Traveller, with the new non-stop Boeing 787-9 flights expected to be on sale this month.
Beginning March 28 the aptly-named flight VN787 will depart Hanoi at 11.55pm for a 12.15pm arrival into Sydney every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday; the return leg VN786 will be wheels-up from Sydney at 2.15pm starting March 29 to reach Hanoi at 8.50pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The SkyTeam member's Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner packs a standard three-class layout with 28 lie-flat business class seats based on the familiar Zodiac Cirrus design popularised by Cathay Pacific...
... with direct aisle access for every passenger, a pleasing mix of open design and per-passenger privacy, plenty of legroom and space for your carry-on kit plus a long fully flat bed.
There are 35 premium economy seats with a 38 inch pitch, 20 inches wide and a seven inch recline, arranged 2-3-2 layout...
... while down the back of the bus, the economy cabin adopts a common 3-3-3 layout, with a tighter 32 inch pitch, 18 inch seat width and 6 inches of recline.