Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer
Member since 02 Mar 2019
Total posts 7
As a rusted on Qantas/Oneworld flyer, it takes a bit to nudge me out of the system. After looking at all the options, the only way I could get direct flights for the days I wanted was to go with Vietnam Airlines.
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.
Member since 07 Jan 2011
Total posts 122
Thanks for the review Goldmember!
Member since 19 Jan 2018
Total posts 5
I flew PE on the 787 and highly recommend it for the price.
Member since 24 Apr 2012
Total posts 1,074
Thanks for sharing Goldmember, and if anybody wants to compare with the premium economy on Vietnam Airlines' Boeing 787s, we've published a review of a premium economy flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Sydney (as well as Vietnam Airlines' Boeing 787's business class from Sydney to Hanoi).
China Airlines - Dynasty Flyer
Member since 22 Sep 2012
Total posts 8
Looks okay. And also business lite like PE usually sells for atleast a few hundred more. I also find it difficult sleeping in Premium Economy even with extra leg room when sliding the seat into its lowest position my legs get cut off.
Member since 05 Dec 2018
Total posts 92
Bahn mi as a breakfast/lunch option 🍳 would be awesome 😎.
Member since 23 Feb 2019
Total posts 1
Fares for PE/business class to Europe with Vietnam airlines are cheaper than other airlines but you need a transit visa and that is too inconvenient to fly with VN airlines.
Member since 03 May 2013
Total posts 94
You get what you pay for. You payed half what Qantas would charge if they had a HCMC route for not much more!
Member since 12 Jun 2018
I don't know about Hanoi but I've transitted multiple times in HCMC from international to international on an Australian passport and have never had problems
Member since 14 Jan 2015
Thoroughly enjoyed flying Vietnam Airlines Business Class a couple of years ago and that was on the old A330 so I would imagine the new 787 and A350 are far superior with just as great service and value. A very good way to fly to Europe from Sydney for example and splurge on PE or Business Class. The only slight negative being you have to basically night stop on the way back due connection timing but that's not such a bad thing as you can explore the amazing cities.
Well I would have flown Qantas by default, but there were no direct flight options. Time is worth more than price.
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