Vietnam Airlines has announced it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for 10 additional A350-900 aircraft. The MOU was signed in Hanoi on September 6 by Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
“The intention to acquire these additional aircraft reflects our excellent experience with the A350 since it entered service with Vietnam Airlines last year,” said Duong Tri Thanh. “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 is the ideal aircraft for our proposed intercontinental routes to Europe and the US.”
“Today’s agreement further consolidates the A350’s position as the new long haul leader in the mid-size widebody category,” said Fabrice Brégier. “We look forward to working closely with Vietnam Airlines as it continues to develop its long haul network and strengthens its position in the premium market.”
Last year, Vietnam Airlines became the first airline in East Asia and the second in the world to operate the A350-900 XWB. The carrier already has four aircraft in service, with another 10 on firm order for future delivery.
Also, today the low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific, a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines and Qantas Airways (Australia), officially signed a contract with Airbus to buy 10 new-generation Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The 10 Airbus A320ceo, which will be delivered in 2017, will help Jetstar Pacific to expand its domestic and international flight network. The airline plans to increase its fleet to 30 Airbus A320s between 2016 and 2020.