Vietnam’s VietJetAir has finalised a major order for the A320 Family to meet its future expansion plans, the airline and Airbus said on Tuesday 11 February. The purchase consists of 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and 7 A321ceo aircraft, plus 30 purchase rights. In addition the airline will lease eight more A320 Family aircraft from third party lessors. The order is worth about 6.5 billion USD.
The order was finalised at the Singapore Airshow by Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vice Chairwoman and CEO, VietJetAir and Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus. “The A320 has proven to be extremely efficient in service with VietJetAir and is a favourite with our passengers,” said Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director, VietJetAir. “Based on this experience, we look forward to developing our business across the Asia-Pacific region. Airbus will be our strategic partner and provide us with the most economic and comfortable aircraft and coordinate with VietJetAir in relevant training programs.”
“We are pleased to finalise our first purchase agreement with VietJetAir,” said Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO, Airbus. “We look forward to working with VietJetAir as it brings ever more affordable air travel to the fast growing South East Asian market.”
VietJetAir took to the skies in 2011 and is the first private airline in Vietnam to operate domestic and international flights. Today the airline operates a fleet of 11 leased A320s on a network covering 20 routes, including domestic destinations, Bangkok, Seoul and Kunming in China.