Vietnam Airlines has teamed up with US aircraft maker Boeing to improve passenger comfort as the national carrier continues to expand its network and add new destinations.
Boeing is relocating and upgrading seats and interior facilities inside four of the airline's 777-200ER aircraft. The new cabin layout "meets the discerning needs of the airline and its passengers," the US company said in a statement issued August 26.
The first aircraft has been completed and put it into service.
"Our interior modernization program is a key part of our efforts to provide market leading services and passenger comfort, further affirming Vietnam Airlines' position as a major carrier in the Southeast Asian region, especially after we joined the Skyteam alliance," said Executive Vice President Technical Nguyen Van Hung.
The carrier joined the Skyteam Alliance in June to enlarge its network of destinations and cut operating costs.
As the national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines operates more than 290 flights a day on 75 routes to 20 domestic and 26 international destinations. It expects to expand its fleet to 115 and 165 aircraft by 2015 and 2020 respectively, compared to 70 aircraft at present.