* Early days

Vietnam Airlines, the Flag Carrier of Vietnam was founded in January 1956 when the Civil Aviation Authority was established by the Government of Vietnam, marking the birth of the civil aviation sector in Vietnam. At that time, the fleet was very small, with 5 propeller aircraft of IL 14, AN 2 and Aero 45… The first domestic flight started in September 1956.

The period between 1976 and 1980 set a milestone of expansion and effective operation of multiple international routes to Asian countries such as Laos, Cambodia, China, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore. At the end of the period, Vietnam civil aviation became a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
In April 1993, the Flag Carrier of Vietnam (Vietnam Airlines) officially became a state-owned air transport enterprise. On May 27, 1995, Vietnam Aviation Corporation was established on the basis of merging 20 air service entities with Vietnam Airlines as the core enterprise.

* Milestones

1993: Establishment of the Flag Carrier of Vietnam.

1995: Establishment of Vietnam Aviation Corporation consisting of the Vietnam Airlines and 20 air service entities.

2002: Introducing the new logo- the Golden Lotus presenting outstanding service quality improvements, flight network expansion, and fleet upgrades.

2003: Receiving and operating the first Boeing 777, the modern aircraft, starting the fleet modernization program.

2006: Becoming an official member of IATA.

2010: Officially becoming the 10th member of the SkyTeam Alliance.

2014: Initial Public Offering (IPO) at Ho Chi Minh City Stock Exchange.

Apr. 2015: Officially operating under joinstock company model from April 1, 2015.

Jul. 2015: Vietnam Airlines became the first airline in Asia and the second in the word to receive and successfully operate the next-generation aircraft Airbus A350-900; at the same time, the company introduced its new brand identity.

- Jul. 2016: Officially certified as a 4-star international airline according to Skytrax standards.

- Jul. 2016: Selected ANA Holdings INC (Japan) as a strategic Investor.

- Jan. 2017: Vietnam Airlines' securities were officially listed on the UPCoM stock exchange with the stock symbol named HVN; its capitalization value was at the top of the market.

- Dec. 2017: VNA welcomed the 200 millionth passenger after 20 years of operation and had 1.5 million Golden Lotus members.

- Jul. 2018: Awarded the Skytrax certificate for the 3rd consecutive time as a 4-star international airline (2016,2017,2018).

- Nov. 2018: VNA welcomed the first A321 NEO; its state ownership representative was transferred from the Ministry of Transport to the State Capital Management Committee.

- May 2019: VNA listed its shares and trade Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HOSE).

- Aug. 2019: VNA received the first 787-10 Dreamliner - the largest wide-body aircraft in the world.

- Jul. 2020: Awarded the highest level, 5-Star, for COVID-19 Airline Safety Rating from Skytrax.

- Nov. 2021: VND launched scheduled direct flights between Vietnam and the US.

- Nov. 2022: The 8th National Award Council of Foreign Relation Communication awarded the second prize for the flight safety instruction film "The Echo of Harmony" and the Consolation Prize for the MV "Come on" of Vietnam Airlines in the video category.

- Dec. 2022: VNA launched the Million Miler program with exclusive service improvements to honor premium members.

* Towards the future

Being a dynamic, modern international airline with Vietnam's cultural identity, for more than 20 years of development with double-digit growth, Vietnam Airlines has been leading the Vietnam aviation market - one of the world's fastest-growing domestic markets. As a widely known modern airline brand name with a unique culture, Vietnam Airlines aims to become a leading 5-star international airline in Asia.