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- 200 Nguyen Son Str.,
Long Bien Dist.,
Ha Noi city,
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- Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport
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Vietnam Air Services (VASCO)
Based in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines is the national airline of Vietnam and majority-owned by the Vietnamese government. Utilising a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus, Boeing, and ATR aircraft, Vietnam Airlines operates an extensive network of domestic and regional services within Southeast and North Asia and international services to Europe and Australia. Vietnam Airlines joined the SkyTeam alliance in 2010. Vietnam Airlines is undergoing a privatisation process, with the carrier aiming to secure foreign investors. On 04-Jul-2016, ANA Holing Inc completed the purchase of an 8.771% stake, allowing ANA to become a strategic shareholder. Vietnam Airlines stated it will continue to divest the state's shareholdings to 75%, with a further reduction to 65% under the company’s re-structure plan.
Location of Vietnam Airlines main hub (Ho Chi Minh City Tan Son Nhat Airport)
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The deployment of new generation ultra-long-range widebody aircraft is prompting several airlines to plan new nonstop services between Southeast Asia and the continental US. New variants of the A350 have particularly emerged as a new, more efficient and popular option for Southeast Asia-US flights, with orders over the past year from three Southeast Asian flag carriers.
On 5-Sep-2016 Vietnam Airlines became the latest Southeast Asian airline to commit to new generation ultra-long-range aircraft capable of new nonstop routes – joining Philippine Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways are likely to follow, resulting in four Southeast Asian airlines operating nonstop flights to the US by early next decade, compared with only one currently.
Delta Air Lines may also join United Airlines with nonstop Southeast Asia-US services. There are opportunities in the Southeast Asia-US market for nonstop routes, but competition with one-stop products will be intense. Profitability will be heavily challenged or non-existent. SIA started the trend due to strategic, not financial, imperatives. Under the charm of low fuel prices, Southeast Asian airlines risk falling into the spell of "me too" nonstop flights, just as they did with over-sized aircraft acquisitions.
Asia aviation outlook: high demand, low fuel, but overcapacity and uncertainty (Brexit) hurt profits
Asian aviation should be experiencing boom times. So why isn't it? The region is unique for alignment of three key factors: low fuel, high demand and geopolitical stability. Yet financially the market is subdued, largely the result of overcapacity at most airlines. There are some special features too: Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines' benefit from low fuel prices has been muted by to hedging, currency swings have hurt the financials of Chinese and Korean airlines.
Strategically most airlines in Asia remain confident of long term opportunities but identify short term challenges, starting with overcapacity. The region's growth is above the IATA average, but financial performance is below. Airlines are watching Europe to see if demand has plateaued or will further weaken due to security concerns. Freight – especially important at Northeast Asian airlines – is facing its usual challenges. New consumer electronics – iPhone 7, for example – may deliver a short-term boost, but will not be as high or profitable as it used to be. The collapse of Hanjin container shipping might deliver some relief, but not on the scale of the 2015 US port closure.
Vietnam Airlines has become the latest Southeast Asian airline to commit to new ultra-long range aircraft enabling the launch of nonstop flights to the continental US. Vietnam Airlines has acquired 10 higher gross weight A350-900s, which are capable of operating nonstop Los Angeles to Ho Chi Minh even in strong headwinds, from 2020.
Vietnam Airlines has been preparing for flights to the US for several years and now finally has committed to acquiring an aircraft capable of launching its preferred US route. Several US routes are possible but Ho Chi Minh-Los Angeles is by far biggest Vietnam-US city pair with over 100,000 annual one-way passengers.
Vietnam Airlines will join Philippine Airlines, Singapore Airlines and United Airlines – and likely Garuda Indonesia and Thai Airways – in operating nonstop flights from Southeast Asia to the continental US. New generation aircraft have opened up new opportunities to operate Southeast Asia-US fights economically but overcoming intense one-stop competition will be a challenge.
Airline groups are now common, if not ubiquitous in Asia today. Their evolution, still often at experimental stage, involves addressing issues like multiple brand management, connectivity, coordination and associated issues. They are not easy to manage, but appear to be generating some success as established full service airlines adapt to new marketplace conditions.
Part 1 of this analysis of northeast Asian airline groups, with their "houses of brands", covered Mainland China and Hong Kong.
Part 2 reviews the courses being followed by airlines in Taiwan, Japan and Korea. Each of these markets has its own characteristics, influenced by domestic features, by government peculiarities - notably in Japan - and by the beliefs of the airline managements themselves.
Most Asian full service airlines have responded to LCC competition by establishing groups, in some ways similar to Europe's, but usually with greater differentiation in role and establishment. As a result they have for some time been houses of brands. There was typically limited consolidation in these sprawling mansions; there was also little coordination between the airlines in the group. This has led to redundancy, missed opportunities and confusing marketing. But the Asian market is dynamic, competitive pressures are increasing and constant adaptation is necessary. With experience now of these conditions more strategic thinking is emerging, along with the management resolve to shed complacency.
Brand consolidation is still some time off. Taiwan’s EVA Air and China Airlines are mulling consolidation with their respective regional arms UNI Air and Mandarin Airlines. But on the whole, the number of brands in Asia is growing, especially in mainland China. The initial changes at Asian airline groups include better coordination of group airlines.
Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific is planning more rapid expansion in 2016 as it aims to grow its fleet by 50%, from 12 to 18 aircraft. Jetstar Pacific grew at a rate of nearly 40% in 2015, marking its biggest expansion since it launched in 2008.
The Vietnam Airlines-Qantas joint venture continues to expand domestically but will focus more on the international market in 2016, with a combination of new scheduled routes and charters. There are particularly promising opportunities for Jetstar Pacific in international markets where the Jetstar Group already has a strong presence, such as Bali and Japan.
Further domestic expansion is strategically necessary as the Vietnam Airlines Group responds to the rapid rise of VietJet. Domestic expansion may not be profitable given the current competitive environment, but Jetstar Pacific has an opportunity to improve on weak domestic yields by focusing more on interline and codeshare traffic.