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Vietnam Airlines' first new B787-9 Dreamliner to make public debut at Paris Air Show 2015

Vietnam Airlines B787-9 Dreamliner
Vietnam Airlines and Boeing have confirmed that the first of the national carrier’s new Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners will make its very first public appearance in the flying display at the Paris Air Show, which runs from 15 -21 June 2015. Resplendent in its fully painted new livery, with the golden lotus - Vietnam’s national flower - taking pride of place, Vietnam Airlines’ new Dreamliner will make its debut in public by performing its first ever demonstration flights at one of the world’s biggest air shows. 

This year marks the 51st edition of the Paris Air Show, celebrating more than 100 years since the first world aviation exhibition in Paris. Vietnam Airlines’ B787-9 Dreamliner will be on static display, and perform daily demonstration flights, on 15, 16, 17 and 18 June.  

Boeing will also hold a series of briefings for the news media during the show. Accredited members of the media should check the daily briefing and announcement schedule at the Media Centre and the Boeing media chalet, located in chalet row A324 for updates. Boeing will highlight its air show activities with a special website and via Twitter @Boeing and @BoeingAirplanes. Boeing will also provide updates to media via text message during the show: journalists should text keyword BOEING, followed by their name and media affiliation, to +44 780 000 2490.  

The B787-9 Dreamliner is the latest extension to Boeing’s super-efficient 787 family. The new aircraft can fly farther, and with more passengers and more cargo, than the B787-8 - but with the same exceptional environmental performance: 20 per cent less fuel usage and 20 per cent fewer emissions than the aircraft it will replace. The new aircraft will feature fully flat beds in Business Class, with in-flight WiFi services also set to be introduced. Passengers will also benefit from larger windows and stow bins, modern LED lighting, higher humidity and cleaner air, lower cabin pressure and a smoother, quieter ride.  

As it rolls out a major fleet upgrade including a total of 19 B787s and 14 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to operate both Boeing and Airbus’ modern next-generation aircraft at the same time. The SkyTeam member will also be the first airline to operate the new B787-9 Dreamliner nonstop between Southeast Asia and Europe, with Heathrow becoming the first international destination on the Vietnam Airlines network to be served by the new aircraft. Frequencies will rise from four flights to five or six flights per week between Heathrow and Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City following the deployment of the Dreamliners, before increasing to a daily service for Summer 2016.  

Vietnam Airlines will also introduce its brand new livery, corporate identity and brand image to coincide with the introduction of its new fleet.  

Return fares from Heathrow to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City currently start from £423 or £426 per person respectively, inclusive of taxes.

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