Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Ho Chi Minh City to Danang

Flight Review: Jetstar Pacific – Ho Chi Minh City to Danang

Flight: Jetstar Pacific BL 674
From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Danang (DAD)

I flew with Jetstar Pacific from Ho Chi Minh City to Danang. There are dozens of flights to choose from between these two cities, so I compared flights with Skyscanner to find the most suitable option.

Skyscanner

At the time of my booking there were flights with Vietjet Air (which I have flown this route before) and Vietnam Airlines. In the end I went with Jetstar Pacific for price and time of day. Jetstar had 8 flights on offer, so I went for the midday flight.

SGN-DAD flight options

The prices listed don’t include a bag, so those prices are shown during the booking process.

Bag prices

The total price for my ticket was 951,000 VND ($41 USD) with a bag, so that was a good deal overall.

Ticket price

I didn’t check in online as the process at Tan Son Nhat Airport is fairly quick. Here is the departure hall with Miss Universe Vietnam H’Hen Nie looking down upon us.

Miss Universe Vietnam ad

Jetstar have check-in kiosks at SGN.

Jetstar Kiosks

Languages in Vietnamese or Ozzy/Kiwi.

English or Vietnamese

There was no line at the regular check-in counter so I used that.

Jetstar domestic check-in

The flight departs at 12:05 and arrives at 13:25, for a scheduled flight time of 1h 20m. Actual flight time is closer to 1 hour, though once you count delays at SGN then it arrives around on schedule.

Gate 3

Tan Son Nhat is a busy airport, so the chances are good that if you are flying a low cost airline it will be a bus to the aircraft.

Bus to Jetstar flight

The is plans for a new Ho Chi Minh City airport, but it’s years away from opening.

Boarding at SGN

I don’t have the exact measurements of legroom for each airline, but having flown all three major Vietnamese airlines enough times I would say that Jetstar has the least amount of legroom. My knees touch the front seat here.

Legroom

We weren’t too far behind schedule when we pushed back from the gate, but we lost time sitting in the queue waiting for planes to land.

Waiting to take off

A view of the airport golf course, owned by the military. The gold course will soon be shut and the land will be used to expand the airport.

SGN airport golf course

I always enjoy flying over the urban expanse of Saigon.

Flying out of Saigon

The Jetstar Pacific inflight magazine.

Inflight mag - Feb 2019

Jetstar Pacific is part owned by Vietnam Airlines, so they show a route map for both airlines.

Route map

There is no free meal service, but if you want to eat there is food available to order. Hot meals are a very reasonable 60,000 VND ($2.60 USD).

Domestic meals

Instant noodles are 30,000 VND ($1.30 USD).

Domestic snacks

Coffee is 20,000 VND ($0.86 USD).

Coffee

And a beer is 30,000 VND ($1.30 USD).

Beer price

Flying somewhere over the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

Central Vietnam

Like SGN Airport, DAD airport is close to the city centre, so the arrival path flies over the inner suburbs of Da Nang. Every time I’ve flown to Da Nang it lands from the south, so the best seats for a view of the city and the sea are in the F seats.

Arriving at DAD

Tarmac disembarkation at DAD Airport.

Jetstar at DAD

Overall this was a good flight if you are looking for a cheap option to get from Saigon to Da Nang.


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