Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airlines flew its first new Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners on 1st June. The newly-painted Dreamliner took off from Paine Field in Everett, Washington (USA), crewed by a Boeing aircrew which checked all of the aircraft’s systems during the two hour, 36-minute flight. With the first flight now completed, the aircraft will undergo several more tests and a customer flight before being delivered to Vietnam Airlines.
The B787-9 Dreamliner is the latest extension to Boeing’s super-efficient 787 family. The new aircraft can fly farther, and with more passengers and more cargo, than the B787-8 - but with the same exceptional environmental performance: 20 per cent less fuel usage and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the aircraft it will replace. The new aircraft will feature fully flat beds in Business Class, and passengers will also benefit from larger windows and stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity and cleaner air, lower cabin pressure and a smoother, quieter ride. Vietnam Airlines will also put to the test to develop in-flight WiFi on its new Boeing 787-9 with desire to bring more convenience to customers.
As it rolls out a major fleet upgrade including a total of 19 B787s and 14 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, Vietnam Airlines will become the first airline in Asia to operate both Boeing and Airbus’ latest next-generation aircraft at the same time. The SkyTeam member will also be the first airline to operate the new B787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, with Heathrow becoming the first international destination on the Vietnam Airlines network to be served by the new aircraft.
Vietnam Airlines will also introduce its brand new livery, corporate identity and brand image to coincide with the introduction of its new fleet.
Tour the Dreamliner here before anyone can board.