Restructure of aviation sector involves more aircraft on more flights.
Vietnam has set a goal of its local carriers having 190 to 210 aircraft by 2020, from around 100 now, which would rank it 5th in ASEAN, under a project from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) on restructuring the country’s aviation sector.
Domestic passenger and cargo transport is to account for 3.23 and 0.04 per cent, respectively, of all transport within Vietnam, and international air cargo transport is to account for 45.9 per cent of total transport.
Air travel is targeted to become the most popular form of transport by 2020. To do so will require all aircraft be put into service seven days a week.
New aircraft are to be equipped with modern technology and be fuel-efficient and friendly on the environment.
Moreover, aircraft will be ranked at four- or five-stars, under the Skytrax standard, with low cost carriers to offer quality the equal of carriers in the region.
Keeping the proportion of delayed and canceled flights in Vietnam at between 12 and 15 per cent and gradually reducing the number of dissatisfied customers are also among the project’s aims.
Of the 190 to 210 aircraft by 2020, 140 to 150 will be flown by Vietnam Airlines (of which it will own 70 to 80 aircraft and lease the remainder). Short-haul aircraft will total 60 to 70 (with 30 to 35 being owned). Meanwhile, the number of medium-haul aircraft will be 30 to 35 (with 17 to 20 being owned) and long-haul aircraft 20 to 24 (with 10 to 12 being owned). Cargo aircraft numbers will stand at 8 to 10 (which three to five being owned).
In the 2015 to 2020 period, Vietnam Airlines will open new return flights to the US (San Francisco and Los Angeles), India (New Delhi and Mumbai), New Zealand (Wellington), the UAE (Dubai), Qatar (Doha), and Australia (Brisbane and Perth), as well as to and from Phu Bai and Can Tho in Vietnam. Vietjet Air will also open additional return international flights, to Southeast Asia, Northeast Asia, South Asia, and Europe.
According to the CAAV, 45 foreign carriers from 25 countries and territories were flying into and out of Vietnam as at 2014, with 83 flights from 47 destinations to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang.
Major foreign carriers include Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, All Nippon Airways, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Korean Air, Asiana Airlines, United Airlines, Aeroflot, Qatar Airways, and FedEx, joined by low-cost carriers such as AirAsia Berhad, Jetstar Asia, Tiger Airways, Thai AirAsia, Cebu Pacific, Lion Air, and Indonesia AirAsia.
There are currently four Vietnamese carriers: Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, VASCO, and Vietjet Air. They fly 56 international flights to 32 cities and 17 countries and territories, with Vietnam Airlines conducting the majority. Domestically they conduct 46 flights connecting Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh City with 17 local destinations.