Industry Vietjet orders up to 20 Airbus A321XLR and A321neo aircraft
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus has announced, that carrier Vietjet has committed to purchase up to 20 A321XLR and A321neo aircraft.
from the current backlog. At Airbus´ headquarters in Toulouse, the deal was made public. Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury witnessed the signing ceremony.
During the visit, the Vietnamese carrier did also sign a new training agreement with Airbus Services. Two full A320 Family flight simulations will be installed at Vietjet´s training centre in Ho Chi Minh City. Over the course of this additional agreement, Airbus will provide a range of training services to instructors of the airline.
Thi Phuong Thao commented: “Vietjet has always been a pioneer in operating new, modern, advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft. We are proud of operating one of the world’s youngest Airbus fleets with an average age of only 2.7 years and this has contributed greatly to Vietjet’s success over the past years. Following the signing of this contract, the new A321XLR will be the perfect upgrade to Vietjet’s fleet as we look to grow our international flight network.”
Guillaume Faury added: “Vietjet is one of the fastest growing carriers in the Asian region and we feel proud to have the A321XLR joining its fleet [...] This order is another strong endorsement of our decision to bring true long range capability to the singe-aisle market with the A321XLR, enabling airlines to extend their networks at the lowest possible cost. Furthermore, we are also pleased to develop further our collaboration with Vietjet in the area of training.”
The addition of the A321XLR to Vietjet´s fleet underlines the ambitions the airline has in regard of network growth. The aircraft will be a good choice for longer routes that cannot be served with the abilities of the A321ceo and A321neo but only require a single-aisle seating configuration.
Together with this latest order, Vietjet has bought 186 A320 Family aircraft. 60 of those have been delivered. According to Airbus, the large part of the current backlog is composed of A321neo aircraft.
Vietjet Air is a low-cost airline from Thailand. The carrier was initially founded back in 2011. Subsidiary airlines of the group are ThaiVietjet Air. Together, Vietjet operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising 28 A320s and 50 A321s, of which 12 are A321neos. Main operational hubs of the airline are at Noi Bai and Tan Son Nhat International Airports.
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