Airlines Vietnam Airlines takes delivery of first Boeing 787-10

Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from the manufacturer´s facility at North Charleston.

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The first of eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner for Vietnam Airlines has been delivered to the carrier. From the final assembly line in North Charleston, United States, the airliner was ferried to Vietnam´s main operational hub.

All eight aircraft are on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The aircraft, according to manufacturer Boeing, will be deployed on the busiest routes in Vietnam Airlines´ expanding network. Vietnam already flies with a fleet of 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines said: "Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia and also adds a competitive edge to Vietnam Airlines' operations. We appreciate the unbeatable efficiency performance with reduced fuel burn and outstanding passenger comfort and amenities [...] On our journey to become a 5-star airline, we are confident that the Boeing 787-10 fleet will further elevate the customer experience on the Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh route as well as many international routes."

With this latest delivery, Boeing boosts its deliveries of the largest aircraft in the family to 30 aircraft in total. Last year, the aircraft celebrated its first commercial service. Especially in Asia, the aircraft is a popular equipment for their owners.

Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation added: "ALC is extremely pleased to announce this important first 787-10 delivery to Vietnam Airlines with Boeing and be the first lessor to introduce the airline to the -10 [...] This first of eight 787-10s from ALC will significantly contribute to Vietnam Airlines' ongoing major widebody fleet upgrade with the latest technology. ALC values our long-time role as an advisor when planning the growth and replacement of Vietnam Airlines' fleet to maintain the airline's leading position in Southeast Asia and worldwide."

Vietnam Airlines has also agreed to use Boeing Global Services solutions like the Airplane Health Management (AHM). It captures real-time flight data and can therefore predict maintenance intervals. AHM is based on software that converts raw data to a greater efficiency during the flight.

Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company concluded: "Vietnam Airlines has achieved impressive growth in recent years and helped power the rapid rise of commercial aviation in Southeast Asia. We see even greater potential ahead and the 787-10 brings the perfect combination of size and efficiency for Vietnam Airlines to serve high-demand routes, while the longer-range 787-9 delivers the flexibility to connect the world's major cities with popular destinations in Vietnam and surrounding countries [...] We are excited to partner once again with ALC to bring a state-of-the-art airplane to a valued customer. We are confident the 787-10 will help Vietnam Airlines continue to grow its regional and international network and improve its award-winning service."

Vietnam Airlines is the flag-carrier airline of Vietnam. Initially, the airline was founded back in 1956 as Vietnam Civil Aviation. The main operational hubs are at Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Vietnam is member of the SkyTeam alliance and operates flights to over 60 destinations worldwide. The fleet currently consists of one ATR 72, 68 Airbus A321s (12 A321neos), one A330, 14 A350 XWBs and 12 Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

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