Vietnam Airlines Will Introduce WiFi on Board from October

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National carrier Vietnam Airlines recently announced that its passengers will be able to access the internet onboard its aircraft starting October 10.

Vietnam Airlines is finally joining other Southeast Asian carriers by offering soon WiFi on some of its aircraft. The service will first be available on four Airbus A350 jets, coded from VN-A886 to VN-A889 starting October 10.

Passengers can identify the aircraft which offer the service with an icon showed at boarding gates but also inside the aircraft.

When passengers are on board, Cabin crew will again highlight the available service. Wi-Fi access will be available when planes reach an altitude deemed as safe.  it will be again disconnected prior to landing.

Anyone who wants to use Wi-Fi onboard can pay the service by credit card or voucher. Vietnam Airlines has yet to decide on pricing for the in-flight wireless Internet service, but costs are expected to range somewhere between US$8 and $10 during a flight.

In another development, the carrier announced that passengers can now pay for their flights by combining cash, credit card but also Lotusmiles when buying tickets. The new scheme has been launched on September 2.

This scheme – the first of its kind in Vietnam – is exclusively for Lotusmiles members purchasing tickets on the website or at its ticket offices, the airline said, adding that it is working to extend this payment method to its mobile app.

Starting from 2,000 Lotusmiles miles per passenger per flight, members can use miles to pay for a part of a flight’s cost or the whole value of a flight operated by the carrier (not including payment of taxes, fees, and additional costs). The value of the miles used for the payment depends on the time of purchase, departure date, itinerary and booking class.

In addition, Lotusmiles members can use cash and miles to buy a ticket for an accompanying passenger if they share a reservation code, select the seat in advance and purchase checked baggage during the payment process.