Vietnamese carriers have been busy ordering Airbus aircrafts, with orders for A320s, A321s and A350s during a state visit to Vietnam by the President of France.
During the visit, Jetstar Pacific Airlines finalised a purchase agreement for 10 A320ceos, VietJet placed a firm order for 10 A321ceos and 10 A321neos while Vietnam Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding for 10 more A350-900s to be used on non-stop flights to the US.
Airbus president and chief executive officer (CEO), Fabrice Bregier signed the deals with Vietnam Airlines president and CEO, Duong Tri Thanh, VietJet president and CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Jetstar CEO, Le Hong Ha, in the presence of French president, Francois Hollande and Vietnamese president, Tran Dai Quang.
Thanh says: “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 is the suitable aircraft for our proposed intercontinental routes to Europe and the US.”
“The start of non-stop transpacific services with the A350 is yet another example of the commitment we have at Vietnam Airlines to strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”
Following the VietJet signing, Bregier commented: “Vietjet is benefitting from the very significant economies that come from operating a single aircraft family. For busier routes the A321 combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency.”