Vietnam Airlines has signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for ten more A350-900 aircraft.
“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, president, Vietnam Airlines.
“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.”
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 ten on firm order for future delivery.
If today’s MOU becomes reality, the additional ten aircraft will enable Vietnam Airlines to operate non-stop to the US, carrying 305 passengers in a three class premium layout.
It is also good news for British manufacturing as A350 engines are exclusively supplied by Rolls-Royce and its wings are also produced in the UK.
“Today’s agreement further consolidates the A350’s position as the new long haul leader in the mid-size wide-body category,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus president.
“The A350 XWB has quite simply set new standards in its class, combining unbeatable operating economics with the highest levels of passenger comfort.
“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.”