Vietnam Airlines has signed a contract for five Airbus A320 Family aircraft as part of the carrier’s fleet expansion programme, formalising a commitment announced by the airline in September 2001.
The five A321s are scheduled for delivery between 2003 and 2005 and represent the Vietnamese national carrier’s inaugural Airbus purchase. They will be deployed on select domestic and intra-Asian routes; and will join the airline’s current fleet of 12 leased Airbus aircraft - 10 A320s and two A321s.
“The A321 will enable Vietnam Airlines to continue to expand its network and to address the needs of a rapidly growing Vietnamese market,” said Vietnam Airlines’ President Nguyen Xuan Hien. “We are confident that, with the additional aircraft, the Airbus Single Aisle Family will continue to play an important role in our fleet, and we look forward a robust partnership between our two companies in the future. Furthermore, we are particularly proud to have contributed to the development of economic and trade cooperation between Vietnam and Europe.”
“The new Airbus aircraft will offer Vietnam Airlines the ability to further maximise profit potential while offering passengers the highest standards of in-flight comfort available today,” said Airbus Chief Executive Officer No‘l Forgeard.
Widely accepted as the industry standard, the best-selling Airbus A320 Family comprises the 107-seat A318, 124-seat A319, 150-seat A320 and 185-seat A321. All of them share the same airframe - only the fuselage lengths are different - and the same cockpits, systems and engines, delivering unmatched operational commonality and savings to airlines.
Vietnam Airlines` selection of the A320 Family further reinforces the success of the aircraft as the preferred choice of airlines worldwide in the short to medium range segment, with over 2,800 total orders from more than 100 customers. The A320 Family has been especially successful in the Asia-Pacific, where it has been selected by over 20 airlines, including almost every major international carrier in the region.
A leading aircraft manufacturer with the most modern and comprehensive product line on the market, Airbus is a global company with design and manufacturing facilities in France, Germany, the UK, and Spain as well as subsidiaries in the U.S., China and Japan. Headquartered in Toulouse, France, Airbus is an EADS joint Company with BAE SYSTEMS.