Our Story



In January 1956, Vietnam Airlines was founded when the Vietnam Civil Aviation Department was established by the Government, marking the birth of the civil aviation industry in Vietnam. The first fleet was small with only five IL-14, AN-2 and Aero-45 aircraft… offering domestic flights in September 1956.

In April 1993, Vietnam Airlines was officially established as the country’s national flag carrier. On May 27 1995, Vietnam Airlines Corporation was born with the gathering of 20 aviation enterprises and the airline itself as the core business.

On October 20 2002, Vietnam Airlines introduced the Golden Lotus brand and corporate identity that symbolized its dramatic progress towards becoming a world-class airline. The launch represented a complete re-positioning of brand strategy for Vietnam Airlines, coupled with significant improvements to its infrastructure, operations and fleet.

The delivery of Vietnam Airlines' first “state-of-the-art” B777 in 2003 also marked a true revolution in the airline’s fleet modernization. Now, Vietnam Airlines operates one of the most modern fleets in the region with the average age of planes in the fleet at 5.4 years.

World-Class Airlines
After 20 years of development at an average annual growth rate in the double-digits, the national flag carrier has passed a major milestone to become a key competitor in the Asian aviation market, owning a modern fleet of Airbus and Boeing planes flown by highly trained professionals.

Beginning with non-regular domestic services, today Vietnam Airlines operates in 21 cities throughout the country and 28 international destinations in Asia, Europe, and Australia. Its network extends to 26 countries and territories.

In 2006, after being awarded the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate, a strict safety standard set by Aviation Quality Services (AQS), Vietnam Airlines joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an official member, establishing its international standing.

In June 2010, Vietnam Airlines joined SkyTeam, the world’s second largest global airline alliance. This established the carrier’s new position on the global aviation map as the strategic partner of the Skyteam alliance in Southeast Asia region and by meeting international service standards.

In 2015, Vietnam Airlines began operating both the Boeing 787-9 and the Airbus A350 at the same time, next-generation aircraft only operated simultaneously by on other airlines in the word. 

In July 2016, Vietnam Airlines received a 4-Star Airline Certificate from Skytrax, the world’s leading airline and airport rating organization.

Moving Forward
Positioning itself as a young, modern carrier whose brand is characterized by Vietnamese traditional culture and internationally recognized, Vietnam Airlines is purchasing the world’s most modern, environment-friendly aircraft, such as the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A350-900 and making constant efforts to improve its service quality. The airline is striving to become one of the most innovative carriers in the Asia-Pacific region.

Corporate identity

Golden Lotus Brand

Since its introduction in 2002, Vietnam Airlines’s Golden Lotus brand has achieved remarkable success, and the distinctive symbol has gained recognition and respect around the world.

In 2015, to enhance Vietnam Airlines' competitive position in the highly-dynamic market, Vietnam Airlines updated and relaunched the Golden Lotus brand with significant improvements to its infrastructure, operations and fleet. Vietnamese cultural heritage continues to be an important theme for defining, differentiating and enriching the new Vietnam Airlines’s brand identity and image, and the lotus flower logo serves as a symbol of this commitment to heritage.

Golden Lotus Style Guide