VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) has celebrated the delivery of its first A320 ordered directly from Airbus at a special ceremony in Toulouse today (November 26). The event was attended by top management from the airline, including Vice Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Managing Director Luu Duc Khanhm, and witnessed by Vietnam’s Deputy Minister of Transport Pham Quy Tieu.
The delivery of the pictured new A320 marks the start of a major expansion at the airline which will see it acquire up to 100 A320 Family aircraft, including 63 on firm order with Airbus. In addition, the airline has purchase rights with Airbus for another 30 aircraft and will lease seven more from third party lessors.
VietJetAir first took to the skies on December 25, 2011 and is the first private airline in Vietnam to operate domestic and international flights. Today, the carrier operates a fleet of 17 leased A320s on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The 63 aircraft already on firm order with Airbus comprise 14 A320ceo, seven A321ceo and 42 A320neo.
Copyright Photo: Airbus. Airbus A320-214 F-WWBP became VN-A697 on delivery.
VietJet Air’s (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) first A320 on order from Airbus has reached a new production milestone, with the aircraft having successfully performed its first flight in Toulouse, France. Appearing in its colorful livery (above), the aircraft now enters the final acceptance phase prior to delivery to VietJetAir by the end of 2014.
This A320 is the first of up to 100 A320 that will be acquired by the airline under a deal finalised in February this year. The acquisition plan covers firm orders with Airbus for 63 aircraft, plus 30 purchase rights. In addition the airline will lease seven more aircraft from third party lessors.
The aircraft will join an existing fleet of 16 leased A320s at the fast-growing carrier and will be operated on the airline’s expanding network of domestic and regional services.
In other news, VietJet Air will open a new route connecting Thanh Hoa City and Ho Chi Minh City, helping to tap growing demand for travel between the north central city and the southern hub. The inaugural flight will take off from Ho Chi Minh City on November 25, 2014. The flight duration for this new route is one hour and 55 minutes. The daily flight will depart Ho Chi Minh City at 9 am (0900) and land in Thanh Hoa at 10.55 am (1055). On the return leg, the flight will take off at 11.30 am (1130) in Thanh Hoa and arrive in Ho Chi Minh City at 1.25 pm (1325).
Top Copyright Photo: Airbus (all others by VietJet Air). Airbus A320-214 F-WWBP (msn 6341) will become VN-A697 on delivery.
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VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) today signed a purchase agreement for 42 Airbus A320neo, 14 A320ceo and seven A321ceo jetliners, plus 30 additional purchase rights. Eight more A320 Family aircraft will be leased from third-party lessors.
Dr. Dinh Viet Phuong, the airline’s Vice President – Business Development, explained that VietJetAir had captured a 26.2 percent domestic market share by the end of 2013, and became profitable in its second year of operation – serving 16 domestic routes and four international destinations with load factors of over 90 percent.
VietJetAir (Ho Chi Minh City) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for up to 92 A320 Family aircraft and will lease eight more from third party lessors. The agreement signed with Airbus covers for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 Family.
VietJetAir is an existing A320 operator, with eight leased aircraft already in service. The carrier took delivery this week of its ninth A320, delivered new from Airbus via the US leasing company AWAS.
Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly with Olympic Air, Airbus A320-214 SX-OAU (msn 4193) became VN-A699 with VietJetAir.
Bottom Copyright Photo: Airbus. The first Airbus A320 with Sharklets, the pictured A320-214 F-WWDR (msn 5742), was just handed over to the carrier as VN-A682 on September 26, 2013.
VietJetAir (VietJetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) has announced its second international route connecting the Vietnam capital of Hanoi to Bangkok starting on June 1, 2013.
VietJetAir currently operates a daily round trip between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok with the Hanoi-Bangkok connection to be operated at the same frequency. The new route will depart from Hanoi at 10:50 am and land in Bangkok at 12:40 pm. The return flight will depart from Suvarnabhumi airport at 1:35 pm and arrive at Noi Bai International Airport at 3.25 pm.
Top Copyright Photo: Duncan Kirk. Airbus A320-214 VN-A688 (msn 2712) in the HD Bank special scheme arrives at the Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon) base.
VietJetAir (VietjetAir.com) (Ho Chi Minh City) on December 15 launched its ninth domestic route linking Ho Chi Minh City with Vietnam’s the paradise island of Phu Quoc. The carrier will also be the first airline operating an Airbus A320 aircraft on the route.
Attending a ceremony to celebrate the route’s maiden departure from Phu Quoc International Airport, guest of honor Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung was joined by dignitaries from the Central Government, the Ministry of Transport, Kien Giang province people’s committee and representatives from VietJetAir. The carrier also marked this special occasion by providing 300 health insurance cards to residents of Kien Giang province living in disadvantaged circumstances.
VietJetAir will become Vietnam’s first private airline to open an international route on February 10, 2013 when the airline flies from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok. This auspicious date is the first day of the New Lunar Year, so perfect timing for Vietnamese, Thai and foreign travelers planning to celebrate by travelling abroad during this festive season.
The route will start off with round trip per day initially with VietJetAir’s newly acquired Airbus A320. The one hour and 30 minute flight will depart from Ho Chi Minh City at 11 am (1100) and return from Suvarnabhumi Airport at 1:30 pm (1330).
Above Photo: VietJetAir. VietJetAir’s flight crew get ready for international operations.
The first private low-fare airline of Vietnam launched operations on December 25, 2011.
Top Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Formerly operated by Olympic Air, this Airbus A320-214 registered as SX-OAU (msn 4193) will join the VietjetAir fleet as VN-A699.