Vietnam Airlines is raising the weight limit for carry-on bags from 7kg to 12-18kg starting August 2019, the national flag carrier said Monday.
Currently, Vietnam Airlines passengers are allowed one carry-on weighing no more than 7kg in economy class and up to two luggage bags weighing no more than 7kg each in premium economy and business class.
The new policy will allow one carry-on weighing up to 12kg for economy class and two carry-on bags weighing up to 18kg in total for premium economy and business class, Vietnam Airlines said in a statement on Monday.
The new baggage policy is based on a baggage count-based system adopted by many major airlines such as Air France, Aeroflot, British Airways, Lufthansa, All Nippon Airways, and Korean Air.
As for the checked baggage, all weight limits remain unchanged. Accordingly, each piece of checked baggage must not exceed 23kg for economy or premium economy class, or 32kg for business class.
Passengers can check in between one and two bags for free depending on their class and flight route.
Excess baggage fees will also be reduced by 50 percent compared to current rates from August 1.
For tickets issued or exchanged before August, 1 2019, the old baggage policy applies.
Passengers booking flights to or from Europe and Australia with departure dates falling between August 1 and December 31, 2019 will enjoy one additional free checked bag weighing no more than 23kg as a promotion.
Vietnam Airlines operated nearly 142,000 flights in 2018, transporting some 22 million passengers and nearly 350,000 metric tons of cargo.
The national flag carrier reported a consolidated pre-tax profit of nearly VND2.8 trillion (US$120.18 million) last year.