12 SEPTEMBER 2016
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A memorandum of understanding between Vietnam Airlines and Airbus for 10 more A350-900 aircraft was signed in Hanoi on Tuesday by the carrier’s president and CEO, Duong Tri Thanh, and his Airbus counterpart, Fabrice Brégier.
“The intention to acquire these additional aircraft reflects our excellent experience with the A350 since it entered service with Vietnam Airlines last year,” the airline chief said.
“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.
“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.”
The airline last year became the first in East Asia and the second in the world to operate the A350-900 XWB. The carrier has four in service, with another 10 on firm order for future delivery.
If last week’s signing goes ahead, the additional 10 aircraft will enable Vietnam Airlines to operate nonstop to the US, carrying 305 passengers in a three-class layout.
Also on Tuesday, Jetstar Pacific officially signed a contract with Airbus to buy 10 new-generation Airbus A320ceo aircraft for delivery next year.
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