Category Archives: Vietnam Airlines

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.

Photos: Vietnam Airlines.

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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.



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.

Vietnam Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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.

Vietnam Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

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


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.

Vietnam Airlines aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Video: Boeing preps the new Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 for the Paris Air Show

New video from Boeing. Watch this dramatic takeoff and superb in-flight action. A great video!