Flight review: Vietnam Airlines 787 Dreamliner Business Class
Cathy Wagstaff flies from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam Airlines’ Business Class.
Flyer: Cathy Wagstaff
Class: Vietnam Airlines Business Class
Route: Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City
Aircraft: Boeing 787-9
Flight time: 8.5 hours
Vietnam Airlines’ two-class Dreamliner has a one-two-one configuration in the Business cabin, with a fresh, modern look in tan and cream, complemented by mustard accessories: blankets, pillows, slippers and flight attendant uniforms. Although I’m not feeling well, the space wraps around me like a snug cocoon. A particularly nifty feature of the Dreamliner is the dimmable windows. There are five settings, ranging from a tint to minimise glare to blackout mode.
The cabin staff are extremely pleasant to deal with throughout the flight, offering a taste of Vietnamese hospitality at 40,000 feet.
The menu has some great options, offering a choice of two starters and four mains. Australian-Vietnamese celebrity chef Luke Nguyen partnered with the airline in 2018 to create eight dishes for Business Class passengers, showcasing the flavours of Vietnam. If you’re looking for an authentic breakfast, try the pho bo, Hanoi’s hearty beef noodle soup.
The screens are large – 39 centimetres – and the Lotustar system has a bevy of viewing options, including 94 movies.
Although there is no dedicated Lotus Lounge at Sydney Airport, Vietnam Airlines passengers have access to the SkyTeam Lounge, the joint endeavour for members of SkyTeam Alliance.
The glam factor
The attractive navy amenities bag from Swiss maison Parfums Charriol holds everything you would expect: a moisturising lotion, lip balm, comb, eye mask, toothbrush, socks, ear plugs and a sticker to show whether you would like to be woken for meals. The kits and slippers are sitting on your footstool when you board, so there’s no need to wait for these.
Designer amenities: Parfums Charriol
Limousine transfers: No
Celebrity chef: Luke Nguyen is a Global Cuisine Ambassador
Signature champagne: Champagne Heidsieck & Co Monopole