Hi guys. Welcome to my next report on Flight-Report. Today, I will fly with Vietjet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Hai Phong on Airbus A321. But first, please check out my trip report about this flight on YouTube. This video is more detailed than the script version on Flight-Report and has more special things there, so I hope you guys will check out, like the video and support to my channel by subscribing Vinavia on YouTube :D
And here is the script report. Hope you guys will enjoy :D
Today's flight would start at Domestic Terminal, Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City.
I already headed to the departure hall for all Vietjet Air flights.
Today, I would fly on flight VJ270 to Hai Phong, and the estimated departure time would be 5.45 am.
I took my boarding pass from the check-in machine, and my seat got screw up. The story is that I pre-booked my seat already when I bought the ticket, which is a window seat. But for some "technical reasons" (according to the airline staff), when I got the boarding pass, my seat was automatically changed to the middle seat. I ran to the check-in counter to try to reassign my seat, but the staff said that seat was already occupied by another passenger and they couldn't help about it. So now I'm stuck with a middle seat and wasted money for choosing the seat. Thanks, VJ :(
Then I had to rush to do a security check and get into airside. And as you see, the line waiting for security check was extremely long. Feeling really frustrated right now and pretty scared because boarding was nearly called.
After a long and tired 15 minutes, security check was done and I finally got into airside.
Here was the departure gate of this flight: gate 20, and this is a bus gate.
Last call was made, and I was one of the last passengers getting on the bus to get to the aircraft. Thank God that I didn't miss the flight :D
This was the aircraft for today's flight. This Airbus A321 has the registration of VN-A541, and it was 4.4 years old.
Vietjet Air leased this aircraft after the collapse of Thomas Cook, that's why the livery of Thomas Cook is untouched for most parts. I was so lucky to experience this rare ex-Thomas Cook's plane, and it reminds us of the good old days when MT still existed.
Here was my seat on this flight: seat 9A. Huge thanks to the lady sat next to me for agreeing to change her seat for me :D
Legroom was not so wide but quite decent to me.
AVOD controller, which is no longer active on this aircraft.
All the interiors and the details from Thomas Cook were still intact on this plane, which made me feel like I'm on Thomas Cook's flight.
View from my window, and cabin view from my seat.
About 15 minutes after boarding, the aircraft started to pushback and taxied to the runway.
In the seat pocket, I had: a safety card, a menu, and an inflight magazine of Vietjet Air named one2FLY.
10 minutes after take-off, buy-on-board service was started.
Here is the meal that I bought.
I bought a portion of stir-fry glass noodles with crab and shrimp, which costs me 55.000đ or about $2.4.
And a cup of coffee, which costs me 25.000đ or $1.
The noodles were a bit bland, but it still tasted quite nice. Overall, it was a decent breakfast in the sky :)
View from my window, and cabin view from my seat during the flight.
Because I woke up really soon, and too tired after all happened that morning, so I took a rest in the most of the flight time.
After over 90 minutes in the air, the aircraft started to descend and prepared for landing.
The views of Hai Phong started to appear outside the window.
My journey had ended at Cat Bi International Airport, Hai Phong. Thank you for reading and watching, and see you in the next report :D
I was super disappointed with Vietjet for the stupid error they've made to my pre-assigned seat and they didn't even help me with that. The interiors were actually still very new, and it still had the untouched imprints of Thomas Cook across the cabin. The aircraft departed 25 minutes late, and arrived 5 minutes late than estimated times. The meal was quite decent and edible, but it really needed more flavors to its. The crews did their good job at being helpful to the passengers, but they could be better. Overall, it was an eventful experience before the flight, and I almost missed the flight, but the flight was just OK and uneventful. The only thing I like about this flight is the aircraft. I felt like I was on Thomas Cook's flight rather than a Vietjet Air flight.