The presence of French president François Hollande in Vietnam for an official visit translated into a huge order for aircraft from the Airbus Industry. For the first time in the history of Vietnam, the country’s three main carriers—Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet and Jetstar Pacific—ordered aircraft together. The total, the order is reaching 40 aircraft. Jetstar Pacific made its first direct order with Airbus for 10 A320ceo aircraft. The contract follows a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) announced earlier this year and was signed in Hanoi by Le Hong Ha, Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of 12 leased A320 Family aircraft flying with the airline on domestic and regional routes.
“This order is a key milestone for our operation here in Vietnam and beyond,” said Le Hong Ha. “These new aircraft will be used primarily to expand our international network from Vietnam as part of the wider Jetstar Group. As competition grows in Vietnam, we believe that the A320 and our value-based quality service will place us well to attract a growing share of the market.”
In parallel, Vietnam’s national carrier Vietnam Airlines has signed an MOU with Airbus for 10 more A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will be used by the airline on non-stop flights to the US, beginning with services between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles. Vietnam Airlines last year became the first airline in East Asia and the second in the world to operate the A350 XWB. The carrier already has four aircraft in service, with another 10 on firm order for future delivery. The additional 10 aircraft covered by today’s MOU will enable Vietnam Airlines to operate non-stop to the US West Coast, carrying 305 passengers in a three-class premium layout.
Last but not least, Vietnam low cost carrier Vietjet placed a firm order for 20 A321 single aisle aircraft to meet growth on its domestic and regional network. The purchase agreement covers 10 A321ceo and 10 A321neo. Vietjet and Airbus also finalised an agreement for the manufacturer to provide training services for flight crew and maintenance personnel at the airline’s new facility in Ho Chi Minh City.
At the signing ceremony, Vietjet President and CEO of Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo explained: “Vietjet is developing robustly and sustainably with an aim at better serving our passengers and promoting tourism and economic development in Vietnam and other regional countries. Thanks to our modern fleet with advanced designs, fuel efficiency as well as effective support in operations, training and system development, Vietjet will continue to realize passengers’ dreams of flying, to create a future in the air with an aim at making Vietjet become more and more popular globally.”