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When quoted, the difference between Premium and standard economy was not massive (approx 900AUD vs 1400AUD).
Aside from more space, Premium gets its own check in queue and boards via the business queue. Queuing in the economy queue is one of the more daunting prospects for someone that has been gold for a long time so this was almost as appealing as the extra room.
Flying to HCMC I was in 12C, but was lucky to have 12A empty which afforded more space. The seats are reasonably comfortable, but at 6'5" it is still a bit snug and legroom under the seat in front was cluttered with what I assume is an entertainment box.
First time for me in an A350, the plane is reasonably quiet despite being seated just ahead of the wing, Service is prompt with drinks coming out quicker than some recent Qantas International Business trips. Food was pretty average, of the four services I had on the two flights 3 Asian and 1 western meal, my advice is stick with the Asian meals.
Returning on the overnight flight from HCMC to Melbourne, I was in 12C again, however, 14D and 14E were empty when the doors closed. Unlike Qantas they were Ok with me moving in to claim the seat before departure. Immediately I noticed there was more room under the seat in front, so for taller passengers, this is a better seat option. Sleeping though was still hard work, but still achievable.
Overall - I would say that Vietnam Airlines Premium Economy is in the "Economy Plus" camp, not the "Business Lite" class. Service is prompt, food and drinks options aren't the greatest, but do the job. Entertainment was OK, decent range of options, but I tend to watch Netflix downloads on my tablet. Departure and arrival were both on time, so really, there is nothing to complain about. Would take it again to over non-direct flights.
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