Vietnamese carrier Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft, finalizing an MOU signed at the Farnborough International Airshow last July.
The purchase agreement was signed in Hanoi by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
The signing was witnessed by Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Prime Minister of Vietnam and Edouard Philippe, Prime Minister of France, during his official visit to Vietnam.
The new purchase agreement increases the number of A320 Family aircraft ordered by Vietjet to 171, of which 46 have already been delivered. This leaves the airline with a backlog of 125 aircraft on order with Airbus for future delivery, comprising 120 A321neo and five A321ceo.
To date, the A320 Family has won more than 14,700 orders and over 8,000 aircraft are currently in service with 334 operators worldwide.
Top Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A321-211 WL VN-A651 (msn 5295) (9000th Airbus Aircraft) HAN (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 939474.
Vietjet has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for the purchase of an additional 50 A321neo single aisle aircraft. The agreement was announced at the Farnborough Air Show today by Vietjet Vice President Dinh Viet Phuong and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
The latest agreement will see the carrier’s backlog of orders for the A320 Family rise to 129 aircraft, including 123 A321neo and 6 A321ceo. Vietjet will use the additional aircraft to meet growing demand for its services on both its domestic and international networks.
Vietjet first took to the skies in 2011 and now operates an all-Airbus fleet currently comprising 59 A320 Family aircraft. The carrier’s route network already spans the whole of Vietnam and some 30 destinations across Asia.
Boeing and VietJet signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today at the 2018 Farnborough International for an additional 100 737 MAX airplanes. The agreement, which includes 80 737 MAX 10s and 20 737 MAX 8s, is valued at more than $12.7 billion at current list prices.
The Vietnamese low-cost carrier will become the largest MAX 10 customer in Asia once the deal is completed. VietJet plans to leverage the added capacity of the MAX 10 to satisfy surging demand on high-dense domestic routes, as well as on popular destinations throughout Asia.
As part of the agreement, Boeing would partner with VietJet to enhance technical and engineering expertise and the training of pilots and technicians in Vietnam, helping to further develop the commercial aviation ecosystem in the growing country. Boeing will also support VietJet in improving management capabilities at the airline and in the country.
VietJet is Vietnam’s first privately-owned airline and is also the first low-cost carrier in the country. The airline is in the midst of bolstering its world-class fleet with highly efficient and capable airplanes that will allow for expansion of its regional network.
In 2016, VietJet finalized an order for 100 high-capacity 737 MAX 8 airplanes, which set the mark for the largest-ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnamaviation.
The deal will be reflected on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website once it is finalized.
The 737 MAX family achieves superior fuel efficiency and range through the latest CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other improvements. The jet also features the signature Boeing Sky Interior and large flight deck displays.
Vietjet continues its Asian expansion program with the launch of two new international routes: Hanoi – Taichung (Taiwan) and Danang – Daegu (South Korea).
The Hanoi – Taichung route will be operated with 5 return flights per week on every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June 22, 2018 with around two and a half hours flight time per leg. The flight departs from Hanoi at 13:00 and arrive in Taichung at 16:30 (local time). The return flight takes off at 17:30 (local time) in Taichung and lands in Hanoi at 19:20.
The Danang – Daegu route will be operated on a daily basis from July 19, 2018 with around four and a quarter hour flight time per leg. The flight will depart from Danang at 00:15 and arrive in Daegu at 06:30 (local time). The return flight will take off at Daegu at 07:30 (local time) and lands in Danang at 10:00every day.
With 6 routes serving Taiwan including HCMC – Taipei; Hanoi – Taipei; HCMC – Kaohsiung; Hanoi – Kaohsiung; HCMC – Tainan; HCMC – Taichung, Vietjet is the airline flying the most Taiwanese destinations from Vietnam.
Daegu is the fourth largest city of South Korea, after Seoul, Busan and Incheon.
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Vietjet is on a high note in France recently as it received its newest Airbus A321 which bears the official logo of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France. The hand-over ceremony took place in the presence of His Excellency
Speaking at the ceremony, Vietjet Managing Director Luu Duc Khanh, said: “It is our great honor to have our aircraft emblazoned with the official logo for the 45th anniversary of the Vietnam – France diplomatic relations. This is a meaningful tribute that acknowledges Vietjet’s continual efforts to introduce a vivid image of an innovative and integrated Vietnam to the international community. Standing high from profoundly comprehensive collaborations among Vietjet and French partners, we would contribute more to the development of economic – cultural – trade cooperation between Vietnam and France.”
The newly added A321 is the 43th of a total 121 aircraft that Vietjet has ordered from Airbus. This delivery is the fastest ever handover made between the two companies. The new aircraft boasts a wide cabin with a logical configuration that will give passengers extra comfort so they can enjoy a superlative flying experience with Vietjet. The latest addition to Vietjet’s expanding fleet will allow the airline to pursue its strategy to improve its services and to expand operation to farther destinations in South Korea, Japan, India, Australia and other destinations in the Asia-Pacific region.
The official logo for the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and France was unveiled by the French Embassy in Hanoi on January 24, 2018.
In another important event in France, Vietjet signed a comprehensive agreement with Safran – CFM worth US$6.5 billion for the supply of 321 engines to power the airline’s 148 aircraft as well as fleet management services, training, R&D programs (for example, in fuel efficiency), and technical management. Safran – CFM will also help the airline develop regional-level support maintenance capabilities.
Also in France, Vietjet leaders also inked a finance agreement with GECAS France on purchasing and leasing six A321neo aircraft worth US$800 million.
All photos by Vietjet Air. The pictured Airbus A321-211 VN-A657 (msn 8215) was handed over in on March 27, 2018.
Vietjet and Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), Queensland, Australia recently signed an agreement to opena nonstop service between Ho Chi Minh City and Brisbane, looking to boost the region’s integration and trade exchange. Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and senior leaders of Vietnam and Australia witnessed the signing ceremony in Sydney. The direct flight between the two cities is expected to commence in 2019.
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Vietjet has announced its plan to operate nonstop flights connecting Vietnam and India.
The India route will connect Ho Chi Minh City with New Delhi with four flights a week.
Vietjet’s Thai subsidiary, Thai Vietjet (below), is to launch a new nonstop domestic service between Bangkok and Krabi from April 5, 2018.
Thai Vietjet will launch a new nonstop domestic service between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and Krabi, starting on April 5, 2018. The service will operate with two daily return flights and a flight duration of one hour twenty minutes per leg. Departure times from Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) are 07:10, 19:25 and departure times from Krabi are 09:05, 21:20. Thai Vietjet will deploy an A320 aircraft with 180 seats for the route, representing the airline’s determination to meet passenger demand for popular routes.
Above Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air Thailand (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 WL HS-VKC (msn 6878) BKK (Michael B. Ing). Image: 936176.
With the new Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Krabi flight addition, the airline will be flying five Thailand domestic routes, including Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Phuket, Krabi and a daily direct flight connecting Phuket and Chiang Rai.
Top Copyright Photo: Vietjet Air (VietJetAir.com) Airbus A320-214 VN-A668 (msn 3791) BKK (Jay Selman). Image: 402705.