Vietnam Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding of a Contract with Boeing Company for an order of 12 additional and new generation Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.The first aircraft of this deal will be delivered to Vietnam Airlines in 2015.
In the year 2005, Vietnam Airlines signed a Contract to purchase 04 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners and will put these aircraft into operation in 2009 and 2010. Hence, in the year 2015 Vietnam Airlines will put into service its 20 Boeing 787-8 aircraft and this fleet will be totalled up to 28 airplanes in 2020.
In 2015, Vietnam Airlines will expectedly operate a total number of 86 aircraft and expand its fleet up to 110 aircraft in 2020. With its big investment in order to modernize its fleet with new technology operational cost efficiency and together with its service quality enhancement program, this is a premise for Vietnam Airlines to expand its route network, to improve its competitive capabilities in regional and international markets.
Taking this opportunity, Vietnam Airlines Corporation wishes to inform that together with its investment for development and expansion of route network to Europe, it is expected that in late 2008 Vietnam Airlines will launch its direct services between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles with 5 frequencies per week by Boeing 777-200ER aircraft.
Vietnam Airlines has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for 10 A350-900 XWBs, as well as for 20 additional A321s.
With this further commitment for the A350 and for additional A321s, Vietnam Airlines will become one of the largest Airbus operators in Asia.
“We thoroughly reviewed the A350 XWB programme, and we are very confident that this aircraft will set new standards of passenger comfort, operating economics and low emissions in our growing long-haul markets. The size of the A350-900 XWB responds very well to our expected traffic growth over the next decade,” said Mr Nguyen Sy Hung, Chairman and CEO of Vietnam Airlines. “Our A330s already provide us with an excellent level of economics combined with superior passenger appeal. The A350 XWB will further consolidate our successful growth and long term development into the future.”
With Vietnam Airlines’ endorsement, total firm orders and commitments for the A350 XWB programme stand at 264 aircraft (154 firm orders and 110 commitments).
The A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ newest aircraft model. Designed to increase productivity and offer superior levels of passenger comfort, the A350 XWB will offer some of the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile costs of any aircraft in its category.