7 SEPTEMBER 2015
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Heathrow saw the arrival last week of Vietnam Airlines first Boeing 787-9 to operate out of the airport, introduced on its Hanoi/Ho Chi Min City service. Virgin Altantic quietly brought in the largest Dreamliner to date late last year and British Airways are next up with the big 787 due in October. They will be in April 2016by United Airlines on its Heathrow – Los Angeles route. The only carrier on the route, and Vietnam now visa-free, the service is set to boom. (see BTN 10 August)
The Vietnam Airlines new Business Class cabin features 28 Zodiac Cirrus III fully-flat sliding seats in a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration, each affording passengers direct aisle access and the utmost in privacy. Business Class passengers benefit from 60-inch seat pitch, individual 15.4-inch in-seat TVs with HD touch screens, individual mini bars, noise-cancelling headsets and private reading lights.
In Premium Economy, 35 Timco 3050 seats are configured in 2-3-2 formation, offering passengers a 42-inch seat pitch and 7-inch recline. The Economy cabin features BE Pinnacle seats in a 3-3-3 configuration, with 31-32-inch seat pitch and 5-6 inch recline. All Premium Economy and Economy seats also feature individual 10.6-inch in-seat TVs with HD touch screens.
All 274 seats feature in-seat 110V-50Hz AC power outlets and USB ports, and in-flight wi-fi and SMS connectivity is also set to be introduced. www.vietnamairlines.com
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