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Van Don International Airport opens on December 30 in Quang Ninh province in Vietnam

After two years of construction, Van Don International Airport opened on December 30, 2018 in Quang Ninh province — home to the UNESCO world Heritage site Halong Bay — just 220 kilometers from the capital Hanoi.

This is the first ever international airport in Vietnam to be developed by a private company, namely, Sun Group — the country’s premier developer of tourism, leisure and entertainment-focused properties and projects.

With a total investment of VND7.463 billion (US$310 million), the airport was constructed with the assistance of NACO (Netherlands Airport Consultants), one of the world’s leading airport consultancy and engineering firms.

“It is the most modern airport in Vietnam. It will have positive influences on the passengers’ experience here in the airport,” said Romy Berntsen, a project manager and architect from NACO.

Besides being equipped with the latest airport technologies in the main terminal, and a state-of-the-art runway, the new airport features a beautiful design inspired by the heavenly Halong Bay, which is just 50km away.

As a new gateway for both domestic and international travellers coming to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Halong Bay, the airport will receive an estimated 2 to 2.5 million passengers annually for the next two years and five million per year by 2030.

On the same day, Sun Group officially unveiled two more major new infrastructures projects in Quang Ninh, namely, the new Halong-Van Don Highway and Halong International Cruise Port. The new four-lane, 60km-long highway will reduce travel time from Van Don Airport to Halong city to just under 50 minutes.

With total investment of VND1,032 billion (US$43 million), Halong International Cruise Port is the first ever cruise port dedicated exclusively to receiving international cruise ships.

Located in Bai Chay ward, Halong City, the port can accommodate two cruise ships(up to 225,000 GRT each) at the same time and a total of 8,460 passengers, including crew.

The port terminal, designed by Bill Bensley, one of the world’s most renowned and innovative architects, will be a new landmark for the city and Quang Ninh Province.

The opening of all three major infrastructure projects will play an immense role in tapping the province’s full tourism potential and create new opportunities for international trade and economic cooperation.

Vietnam Airlines was the first airline to use the new airport.

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Vietnam Airlines takes delivery of first Airbus A321neo aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines

Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies Corp. and Vietnam Airlines celebrated delivery of the airline’s first Airbus A321neo aircraft (VN-A618, msn 8589) powered by Pratt & Whitney GTF™ engines.

Vietnam Airlines is leasing the aircraft from Aviation Capital Group (ACG).  The airline announced selection of the GTF engine to power 20 Airbus A321neo aircraft in November 2017.  The delivery was celebrated at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany with Vietnam Airlines, Airbus, ACG and Pratt & Whitney officials in attendance.

Pratt & Whitney and Vietnam Airlines share a long history dating back to the early 1990s when the airline received its first PW4000-powered 767.  Today, the airline’s fleet consists of 57 V2500®-powered A320ceo aircraft and 2 PW4170-powered A330 aircraft.  With the addition of the A321neo aircraft, Vietnam Airlines plans to continue their growth in the region.

Since entering into service in early 2016, the GTF engine has demonstrated its promised ability to reduce fuel burn by 16 percent, to reduce NOx emissions by 50 percent to the regulatory standard and to lower the noise footprint by 75 percent.

Vietnam Airlines reaches the 200 million passenger mark

Vietnam Airlines issued this short statement on social media:

Vietnam Airlines has welcomed 200 million passengers after more than 22 years. We would like to express a million thanks to all beloved passengers for your trust and confidence.

Together, we reach further.

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Vietnam Airlines to lease 12 Airbus A321neo airliners from ALC

Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-231 VN-A605 (msn 5699) SIN (TMK Photography). Image: 925254.

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) has announced the placement of twelve new Airbus A321neo aircraft on long term lease to Vietnam Airlines. Six of the aircraft will deliver in 2018 and six of the aircraft will deliver in 2019, all from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Last year ALC announced long term lease contracts with Vietnam Airlines for eight new Boeing 787-10s, which are scheduled to begin delivering in 2019 and continue through 2021.

Copyright Photo: The newer A321neo aircraft are expected to replace the older A321s. Vietnam Airlines Airbus A321-231 VN-A605 (msn 5699) SIN (TMK Photography). Image: 925254.

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Boeing and Vietnam Airlines showcase the airline’s first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at Washington’s Reagan National Airport

Vietnam 787-9 arrives at DCA (Boeing)(LRW)

Boeing (Chicago, Seattle and Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) celebrated a historic event today (July 6) witnessed by H.E. Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, with the flag carrier’s first 787 Dreamliner serving as a backdrop.

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The event was attended by more than 200 delegates, ministers and ambassadors from Vietnam and the United States, as well as local and international media, and other invited guests at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. The airplane on display is scheduled to be delivered to Vietnam Airlines later this month.

At the event, the two companies also signed a memorandum of collaboration toward the goal of Vietnam Airlines’ fleet replacement and expansion. Boeing has offered the airline eight 787-10 Dreamliners and eight 777-8Xs, which the airline acknowledged. Boeing and Vietnam Airlines will work together and report to government authorities before coming to official cooperation agreements in the future.

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Vietnam Airlines, the national flag carrier of Vietnam, operates more than 360 daily flights with its young fleet of modern aircrafts. The airline, headquartered in Hanoi, will continue to expand its fleet with new and modern aircraft such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner family. Vietnam Airlines became an official member of SkyTeam Alliance in 2010 and was the first representative of the alliance in the Southeast Asia region.

Photo: Boeing. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner N1020K (msn 35151) completes the final river approach to DCA today. The airliner will become VN-A861 on delivery.

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Vietnam Airlines becomes the second operator of the new Airbus A350-900

Vietnam A350-900 VN-A886 (14)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) has become the second airline in the world to operate the all-new Airbus A350-900 XWB, following a special ceremony in Toulouse today (June 30).

The A350-900 aircraft was delivered to global lessor AerCap on lease to the airline for operation on long haul routes and is scheduled to arrive in Hanoi tomorrow. Altogether, Vietnam Airlines is set to acquire 14 A350-900 XWBs, including 10 ordered from Airbus and four from lessors.

Vietnam Airlines logoVietnam Airlines will inaugurate commercial service with the A350-900 XWB later this week, initially on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh domestic sector and then on nonstop flights from Hanoi to Paris (CDG). The aircraft is configured with a premium three class layout, with 29 seats that convert to full flat beds in Business Class, 45 seats in Premium Economy and 231 in Economy. In addition to more personal space in all classes, the aircraft features the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems throughout.

Vietnam Airlines’ new A350-900 XWB will join an existing Airbus fleet of 59 aircraft flying with the carrier, comprising 49 A321s and 10 A330s.

AerCap is Airbus’ largest customer, and has ordered a cumulative total of 945 Airbus aircraft over the years. These include firm orders for a total of 20 A350 XWBs.

To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 781 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 40 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. The aircraft handed over today is the fifth A350 XWB to be delivered, following the type’s entry into commercial service with its first operator earlier this year.

Vietnam Airlines is also taking delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, an unique situation for an airline introducing two new types at the same time.

Photos: Airbus/Master Films-P. Masclet. Airbus A350-941 VN-A886 (msn 014) in pictured in flight in the updated 2014 livery.

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Vietnam Airlines converts eight Boeing 787-9 orders to the larger 787-10

Vietnam 787-9 VN-A861 (14)(Nose)(Vietnam)(LR)

Air Lease Corporation (ALC) (Los Angeles) today (June 15) announced new long term lease contracts with Vietnam Airlines (Hanoi) that converted the formerly contracted eight Boeing 787-9 aircraft to eight new Boeing 787-10s.

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These aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Boeing and deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2019 and continue through 2021. The Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner will be the largest aircraft in Vietnam Airlines’ fleet.

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Copyright Photo: Vietnam Airlines. The airline is getting ready to take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (VN-A861, msn 35151), now performing at the Paris Air Show.

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