Today the first Airbus A350XWB for Vietnam Airlines was delivered to the carrier from the manufacturer’s Toulouse plant.
The aircraft is on lease from AerCap, and is registered VN-A886.
Today’s milestone delivery makes Vietnam Airlines the world’s second A350 XWB operator after the jetliner’s introduction in January by launch customer Qatar Airways.
The airline will initially operate their A350s on crew familiarisation flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi from 5th July, before it commences international duties to Paris and Seoul after the summer.
Remember to check out our Airbus A350 Routes Page for up-to-date information on who flies the aircraft and on which routes.
The first Boeing 787-9 for Vietnam Airlines has been rolled out of the factory at Everett Paine Field near Seattle.
The airline is due to take delivery of this, the first of 19 of the aircraft on order, in May. It will initially be used on flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City for crew familiarisation, before commencing international flights to Frankfurt and London Heathrow later in the year (see our Boeing 787 Routes Page)
The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines was rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse on Friday 6th March, featuring the airline’s updated distinctive blue and gold lotus livery.
The aircraft, which will be leased from AerCap, is now entering the advanced stage of production. This will include installation of the engines, completion of cabin furnishing, and cockpit fitting, followed by ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year.
Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world. Vietnam Airlines will acquire 14 A350 XWBs, including ten on order from Airbus and four under lease agreements. The carrier will operate its A350 XWB fleet on premium long haul routes, beginning with services between Hanoi and Paris.
To find out where Vietnam Airlines and other A350 customers will be flying their aircraft, visit our A350 Routes Page.
VietJet will receive up to 100 Airbus A320 family aircraft in a new deal signed with the manufacturer and lessors.
Vietnam’s VietJetAir has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for up to 92 A320 Family aircraft and will lease eight more from third party lessors. The agreement signed with Airbus today covers for 42 A320neo, 14 A320ceo and six A321ceo, plus 30 purchase rights for the A320 Family.
VietJetAir is an existing A320 operator, with eight leased aircraft already in service. The carrier took delivery this week of its ninth A320, delivered new from Airbus via the US leasing company AWAS.
VietJetAir is set to become the first airline in Vietnam to operate the Airbus A320 with sharklets.
The carrier has agreed to lease three new A320s from AWAS.
Sharklets offer operators the flexibility of either adding a range of 100 nautical miles or an increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. These new Sharklet-equipped A320 aircraft will assist VietJetAir with their plans to expand into ASEAN and northern Asia to regional destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Busan, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei.
VietJetAir has announced the date it will inaugurate its first international flights, between Ho Chi Minh City and Bangkok.
The daily flight will begin on 10th February, 2013 – the first day of the new Lunar Year – and will operate using Airbus A320 aircraft.
Desmond Lin, Business Development Director of VietJetAir, said: “We are very excited to be able to operate our inaugural international flight in the near future. This would give us the opportunity to showcase Vietnam in a different perspective – the fun side of Vietnam as a destination outside the traditional approach. Bangkok is also a major international hub for global travel where there is plenty of demand for our highly affordable ticket fares and high-quality flights on board a modern Airbus aircraft, staffed by fun, friendly and professional air stewards.”
Vietnam’s leading low-cost carrier VietJetAir this week unveiled a new Airbus A320 at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City.
This, the airline’s fourth aircraft, will soon be joined by many more as VietJetAir aims to meet its network expansion plans by the end of 2012 with further internal routes and international destinations on the way.
A Boeing 727 has been sat at Hanoi airport since last year, with nobody claiming ownership or making any attempts to fly it anywhere. It was flown in for maintenance from Cambodia, and simply abandoned.
Sadly it appears it may be scrapped.
Has anyone been to Hanoi and seen this aircraft? Does anyone have a registration or c/n of the aircraft?