Friday, April 10, 2015

VN-A861 Rolls Out Vietnam Airlines; It' s 787 #300 built (Updated-seat count)

This is an auspicious occasion at many levels. First it's Vietnam Airlines initial 787-9 for any type of 787. Second it's Boeing's 300th 787 when pushing out its first 787 since 2007. Even though Vietnam Airlines also has on order the Airbus, A-350-900, the significance of Vietnam Airlines first 787 is not lost on a nation or its airline. However, there is a race to first delivery. Airbus, through an Aer Cap order (14 A350-900) has recently painted a Vietnam Airlines livery on the undelivered leased aircraft. The Boeing 787-9 is scheduled for delivery by May  31, 2015. The Boeing aircraft seems to be just about a week behind, as it has not been painted its new livery. All Things 787 Blog  <Link reference with its feature article today.

AerCap Lease for Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350-900
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Business NA
Deluxe Economy NA
Economy NA

Three class typical is 314 depending on pitch dimensions.

The Boeing 787-9 will be a similar size with 274 seats.
 Photo credits  The designair.net <Link


28   Business Class  7 rows
35   Economy Plus   5 rows
211 Economy         23.5 rows
Total  274              35.5 rows

28 1-2-1 VNA 787 Business class
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35 Economy Plus 2-3-2, 42" Pitch
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211 Economy 3-3-3, 32" Pitch
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Airbus Goes Totally private in Business Class, my guess 28 seats

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Premium Economy 3-3-3, no seat numbers available, you guess from the picture. My guess 45 seats
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The venerable Economy 3-3-3 my guess 198 seats based on 22 rows

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Total nonsensical estimation is 271 305 A-350-900 seats
Having?:
Business Class:     28 29 seats 7 7.25 rows 1-2-1
Deluxe Economy: 45 seats 5 rows 3-3-3
Economy:            191 231 seats 22 25.67 rows 3-3-3
Total:                   305  seats  approximately 38 rows

Total 271 seats? Nawh, they have to go bigger by at least 5' or in seats somewhere (24 25.67 rows?). Let's add on and make it 208 231 in economy for Airbus and total it at 299  305 seats just because Winging It can make it so!

I found it and it took a while, its official. Its now an Update for Vietnam Airlines Blog:


Credit citation for chart below <Link (Center for Aviation) CAPA

Vietnam Airlines A350 and 787 configurations: Mar-2015

Business
Premium Economy
 Economy
Total
Premium Share
Economy Share
A350-900
29
45
231
305
10%
90%
787-9 v1
28
35
211
274
10%
90%
787-9 v2
28
0
283
311
9%
91%
Version 2 will carry Maximum passengers as it dedicates 283 seats to the economy class, plus 28 business class seats, as it will have the ultimate seats available totaling 311 within this most recent purchase as compared with the A350-900 purchase. The Vietnam Airlines purchase bundle is for 8 Boeing 787-9's, and 14 Airbus A350-900 of which four are leased with 10 purchased. The version numbers of 787-9 is not disclosed at this time. Assume 4 v1's and 4 v2's.