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Dream Land 20th Feb 2008 12:37

It is my opinion that Vietnam will always be in need of expats for the foreseeable future, upgrading is possible on the 77 fleet depending on staffing requirements only, at this time they seem to be over staffed, captains flying in both seats lately.

TheFlyingDJ 26th Feb 2008 14:29

Anyone have an update on recruitment with VNA?
Haven't heard any news on recruitment there.

squidward 26th Feb 2008 23:37

Last I heard (about a month ago), through PARC, was that they are in the process of setting up T&C's on a new agreement - for non A320 type rated applicants.....

Not sure if this also refers to those who already have type rating but no time on type.

tknapp 27th Feb 2008 21:05

With the American Airlines partnership, are you going to be able to travel at a discounted rate?

angelgabriel 5th Mar 2008 10:07

Housing in Saigon
Hi guys,am starting with VAC on the 13th march,would be a great help if any1 could pass on some info on housing in saigon ? thanks.

varigflier 5th Mar 2008 18:23

Hey angelgabriel,

Could you shed some light on the sim ride you took?


angelgabriel 6th Mar 2008 05:11

the sim cx included dual hyd failures,windshear,tcas,emer descent,seng app and go around and lots of N.P.A's. they look for s.o.p and safe handling. the fleet manager did mine and he was a very nice guy.

Dream Land 6th Mar 2008 06:00

May I suggest to future applicants that have inquiries about actual simulator scenarios be left to private messages, although Vietnam is considered a developing country, they are very internet savvy and regularly read this thread.

boeingbusbenn 7th Mar 2008 03:18

Where are the Vietnam Airlines' pilots based?

mach 84 7th Mar 2008 09:28

all in ho chi minh city (SGN) but especially in the airbus fleet you can expect to spend a lot of overnights at hanoi (HAN).

NEDude 8th Mar 2008 17:38

Any chance on them lowering the 1000 PIC on type (A-320) requirement?


jumpdrive 15th Mar 2008 06:21

anyone with numbers or web site for real estate @ HCMC ?
looking for place to rent

Dream Land 15th Mar 2008 06:43

Try this, it's the local Engish "happy" news paper.

Dream Land 15th Mar 2008 10:07

Doing a google search for "houses for rent in Hochiminh" will produce plenty. Some of the things you may run into are minimum one year lease, people asking for three months rent in advance, they will ask you to sign two different leases, one is your agreement with the owner, the other is a fake agreement that they put on record with the police that shows a rental price of half the real agreement. Many houses listed are for sale and may be sold without any notice. Most houses are originally built for no air conditioning.

jumpdrive 16th Mar 2008 14:18

HCMC its a bit over rated with the prices
taxis on one hand are expensive, toyotas & all U want but not cheap
in BKK for example my ride for the airport was almost 40 km
& ussually paid 180 baht or almost all the time round it up to 200 Bt
if i took the tollway, add another 40 bt, but thats it
were talking about 7 dolars here
in HCMC i pay 10 for 13 km's, from sky garden to airport

& rent level are just way up
smal 2 bedroom or 3 bedroom, not lower than $1,300
plus 3 months deposit (if lucky) or 6
and some like to be paid evry 2 months

elsewere another app is better or same quality but way less than $1,000

any way its what i see

the area over sly garden its .................ok.................yes ok
but tinyWinni appts for 1,400's 1,600's, or $1,800's?!?!?!?
hummmmmm, no way jose
dont even think about A HOUSE if your salary its not over 15K a month
or paid by a big oiling company
theyre nice but the lowest its on the 3,000's!!!!

anyway's im still lookinn for something worth the bucks


Tigs2 16th Mar 2008 14:44

Sounds like a good place to buy and rent out!!

from_jupiter 18th Mar 2008 04:52

some information
Hello there everybody.
I am an Airbus A-320 family captain with the required experience to join Vietnam Airlines. I have sent an e-mail to Parc aviation and got their reply, but still have some questions if you can help me out.

1- Does Vietam airlines ( or Parc ) pay thirteen salary ?
2- Does Vietam airlines ( or Parc ) pay any provident fund ?
3- Is the "confirmed ticket" on VAC network extended to your family ( I have a wife - no kids )
4- Is your family included in BUPA or you have to pay extra for that ?
5- Does the 2 weeks-off start when you reach your home base until you leave it or it is calendar days ?

Thanks for any information, I need them to decide accepting or not this contract.

Have nice and safe flights to everybody.

Dream Land 18th Mar 2008 05:04

- Does Vietam airlines ( or Parc ) pay thirteen salary ?
2- Does Vietam airlines ( or Parc ) pay any provident fund ?
3- Is the "confirmed ticket" on VAC network extended to your family ( I have a wife - no kids )
4- Is your family included in BUPA or you have to pay extra for that ?
5- Does the 2 weeks-off start when you reach your home base until you leave it or it is calendar days ?
1. 13?
2. ?, sorry not familiar.
3. No
4. Pay extra, don't have any numbers to pass on.
5. Home base is SGN, so since you work out of home base and are home each night, this is not an issue. So you are scheduled to fly on the day before rotation and the first day following. There is no travel time given in addition to days off.

If you are asking about the company paying a bonus 13th month, the answer is no. Cheers, D.L.

RWEDAREYET 23rd Mar 2008 18:16


You seem to have the scoop on Vietnam Airlines. I just saw an advertisement from PARC that Vietnam is looking for A320 captains with different roster patterns. I assume the pay differs based on the roster.

I'm currently with USAiways and want to get back into contract flying again. This carreer in the USA isn't what it used to be.

Could you PM me and let me know how you like it there, what terms I should expect from PARC, etc.


mach 84 24th Mar 2008 18:10

life in vietnam is not to bad at all, but you should keep in mind that the falling dollar and the inflation (18%last february) are taking their toll. if you are coming alone -fine, but if you have your family here things are getting expensive. close to the airport you still can find some cheap places to stay, but your family would not be happy. if you settle at familyfriendly enviroment, like PHU MY HUNG, you have to pay for it (1-2K). not only that the rent there is going up, the traffic jams are getting bigger day by day and also the taxi fares have gone up by 70% over the last 2 years.

varigflier 26th Mar 2008 01:06

Are the F/Os still being allowed to upgrade or did the upgrades stop?

jumpdrive 27th Mar 2008 07:24

still allowed
btw, i think 4 more are going up soon
c ya

tknapp 31st Mar 2008 01:29

I just got the package from Parc, they said to expect VNA to start flying to the states and also Europe, does anyone know when this might happen?

jumpdrive 31st Mar 2008 03:58

end of year to USA
& theyre flying to FRA & CDG long time ago, also Moscow

akistar1 31st Mar 2008 12:48

How years does a 777 expat FO need to be in the company to be upgraded?

THRidle 31st Mar 2008 17:11

This is a quote from the VN website re-777 F/O's

"To be upgraded / converted after working for VNA at least 3 years"

Hope that answers your question.

tknapp 31st Mar 2008 21:01

I saw on pprune new pay rates, is it still 10.6 for a captain or has it changed?

boeingbusbenn 1st Apr 2008 03:56

I'm currently an Airbus captain in the US for a good airline (!) but would like to make plans in case things get worse here. My wife and I are thinking about making a trip to SGN in a month or two to take a look. Can anyone can suggest how to most effectively check out what it would be like to live there, given about 3 days in country? We have two young kids, so any info on school costs would be appreciated too.

Thank you!

Dream Land 1st Apr 2008 08:36

boeingbusbenn, suggest you hook up with some of us in Vietnam, plan it well in advance so one of us can make plans to be free on that day, three days is not too long but plenty of opportunity to see rental prices, schools, general living conditions. We are working hard now and advance notice is prudent.

Straughanie 2nd Apr 2008 20:11

sorry to veer slightly off topic... I am moving to SGN in June, if there is anyone that would be willing to offer a few hints/tips on living out there I would really appreciate a PM...


Straughanie :ok:

A319rider 7th Apr 2008 16:00

Company interest
HI guys,

I'm an airbus F/O with around 1400 hours total time, 1200 on the airbus. I'm seriously considering applying for Vietnam airlines, and reading trough this post made me even more interested.
Can any of you working there tell me if my hours would be enough or are they really looking for the 2500 total time minimum?
Could you pass me some more information about the company, how the bases are, which planes are based where, what are the future growth plans for the company, etc.
My last question (for the moment :}) is: which is the best way to apply for the job, should I go through Parc aviation or Rishworth, or should I apply directly to the company?
Thanks for your time.

Dream Land 8th Apr 2008 09:54

Suggest you contact the contractors, they are the one ones with the latest contract information, which includes hiring minimums, pilots already hired receive very little information about contract changes unless it involves a salary increase. Contact both contractors and find out what they are offering, if there is something you don't like in the contract, DON'T accept it. Good luck. :ok:

spearomic 8th Apr 2008 10:25

Are they hiring fo on the ATR ? I applied few weeks ago without anyresult, anyone could give me some help please:ok:

kontur 8th Apr 2008 18:58

They are in the desperate need of Airbus pilots and recently have upgraded guys from ATR.So you chances are high.try to apply through different agencies:ugh:

wileydog3 8th Apr 2008 21:07

Max age to apply?

boeingbusbenn 9th Apr 2008 01:09

What kind of flexibility is there in the contract terms for Vietnam Airlines? For example, if you say you don't want to commit to any more than 2 years, will they work with you on that?

kontur 9th Apr 2008 01:50

BB!Just don`t say that.Though some agencies can apply the fine for the earlier termination of the contract.
Max age is 60 for active pilots,so 55-57 is still good to apply.
I suppose all these Questions could be discussed with agencies.
Good Luck!;)

Dream Land 9th Apr 2008 07:12

The paperwork for age 65 on the Airbus is being processed now. The term of the contract coincides with a re-evaluation of contract terms by the airline, not necessarily the period that services are required, you can stay here as long as you want.

BB, I believe the contract periods are non-negotiable, what you can negotiate is the length of time that the penalty for leaving early clause will remain in force, I think only six months for PARC, please check.


AlohaG 9th Apr 2008 17:42

Hi, I am new to contract and considering my options. I wanted to get an opinion of the different agencies and places to go before I decide which direction to go. So far I've talked to Parc, Rishworth, WASINC, CrewResources, and IAC. Does anyone have any opinions, advice?

spearomic 9th Apr 2008 20:50

What are the agencies in charge of the recruitment for vietnam airlines ? (at least one)

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