Vietnam Airlines awarded Five Star Global Airline status for 2024

Vietnam Airlines delegates accept 2024 APEX award
Photo Credit: Vietnam Airlines

Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam, has been paid the honor of being named as a Five Star global airline for 2024 by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).

This recognition was made during the APEX and International Flight Services Association awards ceremony, held on September 20th in Long Beach, California.

The carrier joins a select group of 20 global airlines, including industry giants like ANA, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, and Korean Air.

APEX Awards

The APEX Five Star Airline Award and Four Star Airline Award are founded on impartial, third-party passenger feedback and valuable insights collected through APEX’s partnership with TripIt® from Concur®, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app.

For the 2024 Awards, an astonishing one million flights were meticulously rated by passengers across more than 600 airlines worldwide, utilizing a comprehensive five-star scale.

These awards are independently certified by a professional external auditing company.

Vietnam Airlines Statement

Dang Anh Tuan, the Executive Vice President of Vietnam Airlines, expressed his pride on the award achievement, stating,

“Being recognized as a 5-star global airline is a prestigious distinction, reflecting the tireless dedication of Vietnam Airlines to continuously enhance its services, delivering the most seamless and comfortable flights to our passengers.”


“Beyond safely transporting passengers to their destinations, we aim to be their reliable companions throughout their memorable journeys.”

“We are honored to have met APEX’s stringent standards and are committed to maintaining our dedicated, thoughtful, and professional service for passengers worldwide,” he concluded.

A Vietnam Airlines jet in flight.
Photo Credit: Vietnam Airlines

Tradition Meets Innovation

APEX CEO Dr. Joe Leader commended Vietnam Airlines’ on the achievement, saying, “At the crossroads where tradition meets innovation, Vietnam Airlines has emerged as an exemplar, securing their esteemed status as a 2024 Five Star Global Airline.”

“Their commitment to celebrating Vietnamese heritage while seamlessly integrating cutting-edge advancements in passenger experience is truly commendable.”

“From their intuitive inflight entertainment to their warm, attentive service that captures the essence of Vietnamese hospitality, they have crafted a passenger experience that is authentic.”

“I am deeply proud of Vietnam Airlines’ remarkable advancements and extend my heartfelt congratulations to their entire team for this well-deserved recognition.”

Elevating the Passenger Experience

Vietnam Airlines continues its quest for excellence by taking significant strides to enhance seamless customer travel experiences, both on the ground and in the air.

Notably, it is the first airline in Vietnam to implement telephone check-in, further simplifying the check-in process for passengers.

Additionally, the Meet and Greet service offers exceptional benefits to passengers requiring special assistance at the airport.

Render of a Vietnam Airlines Boeing 737 MAX in flight.
Image Credit: Boeing

Airline Fleet

Vietnam Airlines’ commitment is evident in various aspects of the inflight experience. The airline boasts one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia, featuring aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Airbus A350-900 XWB, and Airbus A321neo.

Passenger comfort has been significantly enhanced compared to previous generations of aircraft, with more spacious and comfortable legroom and luggage compartments. The thoughtfully designed seat layout allows passengers to move around with ease.

Onboard Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787 and A350 aircraft, Business Class passengers can enjoy flatbed seats, while Economy Class travelers have access to personal inflight entertainment (IFE) featuring a wide range of content via PressReader, FPT Play, LotuStar, and power supply facilities.

As the national airline of Vietnam, the carrier takes pride in promoting the country’s captivating destinations and rich culture through a series of promotional inflight videos.

An Vietnam Airlines Airbus aircraft waits at Narita terminal as another one leaves.
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Embracing Vietnamese Culture

Vietnamese cultural elements are deeply integrated into the airline’s products and services. The airline places its Vietnamese roots and heritage at the core of its brand, reflecting this in its image, hospitality, inspiration, and innovation.

This approach results in a relaxing and professional flying experience, whether one is traveling for business or pleasure.

The airline’s commitment to sharing the richness of Vietnamese culture with foreign travelers is evident in its expanded inflight menu, featuring distinctive seasonal fruit like lychee and longan, and the recent addition of six types of Vietnamese coffee.

Awards and Recognitions

In addition to the prestigious Five Star rating from APEX, Vietnam Airlines has also earned a Four Star designation from SkyTrax, an international air transport rating organization.

Furthermore, Vietnam Airlines was recently named a Top 10 international airline according to an annual study conducted by Bounce, a luggage storage company.

In this study, the airline achieved the highest ranking among 62 airlines, with an astonishingly low percentage of canceled flights at just 0.02%.

The airline was also recently selected to host the World Aviation Safety and Operations Conference organized by the International Air Transport Association.

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