Flight Review: Vietjet Business Class

Flight Review: Vietjet Business Class

It’s been a full year now since Vietjet has been operating direct flights into Australia. Here’s a look at the low-cost airline’s premium offering.   

Fast facts 

Flight: Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City (VJ086) 

Aircraft: Airbus A330 

Class: Business 

Duration: 8H50M  

Check in 8/10 

Ah the delights of flying business! My tardiness for check-in had me in a flap thanks to the rainy Sydney commute, operator error with the uber app and ok, I admit it, struggling to get out of bed in the morning. But check in was a last-minute breeze. Super helpful staff calmly moved things along and a quiet transition through security ensured I was reclined in the lounge just 30 minutes after arrival at the airport. However, do note, Vietjet didn’t provide Fasttrack services through security and border security… so don’t push it too late.

Seat 7/10 

I was seated in 2K. This is a flatbed service, where the seat fully reclines to form a bed that’s not exactly palatial, but easily good enough to have a proper nights’ sleep. The seat is made of leather, plenty wide enough and there’s no uncomfortable lumps and bumps once flat. Overall, it is comparable and possibly better than other low-cost carriers flying between Asia and Australia with a business-class offering. 

It’s important to remember that this business class can’t be compared to the likes of those from the premium carriers (Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Qatar, et al). Vietjet is, after all, a low-cost carrier offering comfort at the pointy end for those who want it.

Inflight experience 7/10 

The most pressing thing to note here, for me at least, is that there is no inflight entertainment onboard, which means travellers must bring their own movies on their own devices. Be forewarned and prepared! The food is reasonable, without obviously being anywhere near the heights of Turkish Airlines (for instance). And you do know that you’re eating a low-cost version of business class with the food having a touch of the economy vibe about it. My request for the spaghetti bolognese was met with a “I’m very sorry, but we’ve run out of that meal”.

To make guests comfy there is a nice care package with the usual socks, toothbrush, eye mask and L’Occitane toiletries.

Verdict 9/10 

While some scores might be a bit low, this is a low-cost business class. So once you factor in the affordability of a fare, it’s a very tempting offer. After all, with economy fares starting as low as $320 return and one-way business for as little as $1870, it’s pretty hard to beat.  

A nine-hour flight on a flatbed for under two grand! What more do you want? 

Latest News

  • Cruise

Cruise Traveller’s new Scottish Highlands cruise tour package

Australian small ship cruising specialist, Cruise Traveller, offers a 20-night land and sea holiday in the UK aboard the Lord of the Glens. The tiny cruise line’s 52-guest boutique vessel, Lord of the Glens, is purpose-built to explore the intricate waterways and lochs of the Scottish Highlands. It boasts a rich, traditional ambience with polished […]

  • Cruise

Celebrity Xcel’s keel-laying ceremony in France, with 2025 inaugural sail planned

Construction has commenced on Celebrity Cruises’ next ship, Celebrity Xcel, with a keel-laying ceremony at the Chantiers de l’Atlantique shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, France. An Edge Series ship, Celebrity Xcel will set sail in autumn 2025, with several new yet-to-be-revealed offerings. At the ceremony, Jason Liberty, president and CEO of Royal Caribbean Group (RCG), the parent […]

  • Destinations
  • Tour Operators

Globus unveils nine new independent tours for 2025

Coach touring brand Globus has unveiled nine new independent tours for 2025, from Bangkok to Bali and Abu Dhabi to Nepal. “With Globus Independent tours, our guests are free to enjoy the many benefits of touring, untethered and unscheduled,” APAC head of marketing, Globus family of brands (GFOB), Chris Fundell said. “Providing hand-picked hotel accommodations, […]

  • Hotels

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group opens Mandarin Oriental Mayfair

The Mandarin Oriental has opened a second property in London, the Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, in the heart of historic Hanover Square. Designed by internationally renowned Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners, the hotel is the first new build in Mayfair in over a decade. Bringing a modern architectural approach to one of London’s most storied squares, […]

  • Hotels

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort unveils Coral Kids Club

On top of its US$85 million (AU$150m) transformation, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s new Coral Kids Club provides an engaging activity centre for kids. Designed for keiki (children), ages 5-12, the activity centre offers daily cultural workshops with hands-on activities rooted around the Āina Guardian workbook. It was developed by Candes Gentry, co-author of Eat […]

  • Hotels

Minor Hotels announces fourth franchised hotel

Minor Hotels has added to its portfolio of more than 500 hotels in operation after signing Oaks Melbourne on William Suites as its fourth franchised hotel. The 220-room apartment hotel is the third Oaks property signed under a franchise model after the Oaks Toowoomba and Oaks Townsville Metropole. The proven success of these properties highlights […]

  • Destinations

Phuket unveils cutting-edge medical facility

Minor Hotels has announced Layan Life by Anantara, a world-class medical wellness facility that is set to elevate Phuket’s reputation as an international medical wellness destination. The new facility is set across 1,767sqm within the grounds of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort and is set to open in Q3 of this year. It offers a blend […]

  • Events

Out West Piano Fest comes alive in Bathurst

The three-day symphony of the senses comes back to Bathurst, at picturesque Blackdown Farm, as Out West Piano Fest returns 25-27 October. Located just five minutes away from Bathurst NSW is a pastoral heritage, art, and culture. It was also once home to Australian artist, Tim Storrier. The extensive gardens in full spring bloom offer […]

  • Attractions
  • Cruise

Japan in Bloom with Cruise Express

Send clients out to experience the best of the Land of the Rising Sun with Cruise Express and their Japan in Bloom expedition, a 21-night adventure. As interest in Japan hits an all-time high, Cruise Express is pleased to announce its ultimate Japanese bucket list trip. This adventure is geared for Australians wanting to tick […]

  • Road & Rail

Explore Uzbekistan with Golden Eagle Luxury Trains

Golden Eagle Luxury Trains presents an exclusive itinerary to Uzbekistan with ensuite cabins, a personal cabin attendant, and off-train excursions. Travelling aboard the opulent Golden Eagle train, with ensuite cabins, guests will dive deep into Uzbekistan’s spectacularly global cultural identity. A personal cabin attendant, all porterage and gratuities and all off train excursions are included […]

  • Destinations
  • Partner Content

Year-round beauty awaits you in the Emerald Ilse

Feel like you've been hard on luck lately? Perhaps a trip to the Emerald Isle could help you steal some off the Irish.

Partner Content

by Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly