Vietnam Airlines, from April 2013, plans a service increase to its recently launched London Gatwick service - however will now add a Frankfurt stop in both directions.
The airline will increase frequencies on the Ho Chi Minh - London Gatwick routing from 2 to 3 per week, increasing the overall service from four to five per week.
As of this writing, the Frankfurt stop is being shown in the systems as a technical stop - however this could change, with the timings at FRA being identical to those of the existing scheduled service. Nor would a Boeing 777-200ER require a technical stop to operate from Vietnam to London.
New schedule effective from 14th April:
Hanoi - London Gatwick
VN145 HAN 2225 - 0600+1 FRA 0730+1 - 0805+1 LGW 777 D14
VN144 LGW 0945 - 1215 FRA 1355 - 0535+1 HAN 777 D25
Ho Chi Minh - London Gatwick
VN141 SGN 2245 - 0630+1 FRA 0800+1 - 0835+1 LGW 777 D257
VN140 LGW 1020 - 1250 FRA 1430 - 0705+1 SGN 777 D136