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Vietnam Airlines signs Memorandum of Understanding for 10 more A350 XWBs

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Vietnam Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 10 more A350-900 aircraft. The MOU was signed in Hanoi today by Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. The signing took place during the state visit to Vietnam of H.E.Mr. François Hollande, President of France, and was witnessed by H.E.Mr Hollande and H.E.Mr. Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

“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 and CEO of 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.”

“Today’s agreement further consolidates the A350’s position as the new long haul leader in the mid-size widebody category,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “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.”

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 10 on firm order for future delivery. If today’s MOU becomes reality, the additional 10 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. 

Vietnam Airlines operates the A350-900 XWB on international routes to Paris (France), Incheon (Korea), Shanghai (China) and on domestic routes between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The new generation aircraft was one of the key factors in helping confirm Vietnam Airlines’ four-star status, and it will play a crucial role in the airline’s planned five-star service upgrade programme in the near future.

Also, today the low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific, a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines and Qantas Airways (Australia), officially signed a contract with Airbus to buy 10 new-generation Airbus A320ceo aircraft. The 10 Airbus A320ceo aircraft, which will be delivered in 2017, will help Jetstar Pacific to expand its domestic and international flight network. The airline plans to increase its fleet to 30 Airbus A320 between 2016 and 2020. 

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