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Vietjet Air receives first Airbus A320

Released at: 11:32, 28/11/2014

Vietjet Air receives first Airbus A320

The aircraft is the first of 100 the Vietnamese carrier has on order from Airbus.

by Linh San

Vietjet Air has officially received a brand new Airbus A320 - the first of 100 aircraft ordered by the Vietnamese carrier from the European aviation giant.

The new Airbus landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City on November 27 and is the very first to feature the symbol of Vietcombank - Vietnam’s leading import and export bank and a commercial sponsor - on its fuselage. The bank is also a leading aircraft sale-leaseback arranger in the country.

With 180 seats, the A320 is ideal for Vietjet Air, which operates domestic routes and a growing number of short-haul routes in Asia. Now one of the fastest growing airlines in the region, Vietjet Air’s dynamic growth over the last two years has transformed Vietnam’s aviation sector. “The purchase contract between Vietjet Air and Airbus has paved the way for Vietjet Air to sustainably develop and expand its flight network over the next ten years at the best possible operational costs while benefiting from training courses from Airbus,” said Mr. Pham Quy Tieu, Deputy Head of Transport of Vietnam, who added that the Vietnamese Government has been upgrading airport facilities throughout Vietnam, where there are 24 commercial airports including nine international airports.

The delivery of the aircraft marks a major milestone in the development of Vietjet Air, which signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus in September 2013 before finalizing the deal at the Singapore Airshow in February this year. “This is a momentous occasion for us. Receiving the plane highlights how far we have come in three years of operations and also marks the beginning of the next phase of our development,” said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of Vietjet Air. “We are proud to be playing a crucial role in Vietnam’s aviation industry. With a solid business plan and a strong fleet, we can better control operational costs and offer even better fares and more flying opportunities to our customers, so everyone can ‘Enjoy Flying’.”

According to Mr. Khanh, Vietjet Air will continue to enhance and expand its flight network throughout Vietnam and the region, contributing to the development of the aviation industry in Vietnam and Asia Pacific.

Mr. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, at Airbus said: “We are pleased that this fast-growing carrier has selected Airbus aircraft as the platform for its future growth and we look forward to building on our strong and mutually beneficial partnership. We are confident that the A320 will play a key role in enabling Vietjet Air to realize its ambition of becoming a leading player in the Asian region. And we are greatly honored to partner with Vietjet Air on this journey.”

Vietjet and Airbus conducted a final technical check on November 24 before completing the “Transfer of Title” on November 25, both of which are compulsory processes that are required as part of Airbus’ rigorous testing and certification program.

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