Airlines Airbus and Vietjet sign strategic cooperation for 119 aircraft

Vietjet and Airbus have signed a strategi partnership agreement on the delivery timeline for 119 aircraft.

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During a visit of Vietnam´s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh to France, Airbus and national carrier Vietnam have signed for a strategic partnership that sees the airline´s existing backlog of 119 new Airbus aircraft being managed to support the carrier in the post Covid-19 period.

With the agreement, Airbus and Vietjet will work together to support and train the airline´s technicians and engineers. Furthermore, the airline´s training academy development for simulators, safety management programs and flight management training will be supported by the manufacturer.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, commented: "We are pleased to reach this agreement with Vietjet […] It's another example of how we have worked together with our customers to find solutions to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. With its modern and efficient Airbus fleet Vietjet will be well equipped to benefit from the rebound in air travel in Asia, where we see strong pent-up demand."

As part of the carrier´s wide-body fleet development plan, Vietjet will take delivery of three leased Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft for its Low-Cost-Carrier model operation. The A330s will help the airline to meet its ambitious plans to expand to international markets once the situation with the Covid-19 pandemic softens.

Vietjet Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong added: “Our cooperation today again acknowledges both parties’ long-term and sustainable relationship, which is now elevated to a strategic and comprehensive partnership. Vietjet has pioneered in choosing and operating a fleet, which is not just new and modern but also environment-friendly and fuel-efficient, to bring joyful and amazing flights to our passengers. I believe that the add-on of the A330s will surely enhance our fleet’s technical reliability, operational efficiency and flight range to better meet travel demand of our flyers in the coming time.”

With the agreement, Airbus and Vietjet will also work together on points like aircraft’s equipment supply and services, comprehensive aviation training, consultation, and development of MRO facilities for Vietjet.

Vietjet is a low-cost carrier and the largest Airbus operator in terms of the passengers transported domestically. The airline is operating with an all-Airbus fleet consisting of 18 Airbus A320s and 57 A321s, of which nine are A321neos. Vietjet was founded in 2007 and commenced operations in December 2011.

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