New A321 the 9,000th aircraft produced by Airbus.
Vietjet welcomed its first A321 aircraft on March 22; its fifth in an order of 100 aircraft from Airbus and the European aircraft maker's 9,000th.
Purchased in a deal financed by BNP Paribas Bank (France) and Jackson Square (Japan), the aircraft is emblazoned with the words "Airbus' 9000th aircraft".
The aircraft delivery ceremony was earlier celebrated in Hamburg, Germany, attended by the Vice President of Airbus, Mr. Nico Petersen, and the Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany, H.E. Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh.
The A320 is the world's best-selling single-aisle aircraft and features "Sharklet" wingtip devices. The widest passenger cabin in its class, the A321 also boasts extended service intervals for the airframe and the stretched fuselage can seat up to 220 passengers in a high-density arrangement.
This newly-arrived A321 takes Vietjet's fleet to a total of 23 aircraft and facilitates its expansion plans, which include opening longer haul routes to South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region.
"We are very proud to welcome a new A321 to our family, in line with our expansion plans in Asia-Pacific," said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of Vietjet. "We believe that the new fleet will further facilitate our business plan as well as offer customers more and more wonderful flying experiences. Once again, we are delighted to welcome the 9000th aircraft of Airbus into our enthusiastic family."
Mr. John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer - Customers, at Airbus, also expressed his delight at the handover. "It is a great honor for us to deliver the 9000th aircraft to Vietjet - a rising star among airlines in Asia," he said. "The new A321 will boost Vietjet's operations to a new level in terms of cost efficiency for single-aisle aircraft."
Receiving its first A321 is a significant milestone in Vietjet's strategic business plan after three years of operations. It has fast become one of the most popular airlines in Vietnam and is now introducing its services to multiple markets across Southeast Asia and further afield in Asia.
By adding more brand new, modern aircraft, Vietjet will improve its cost efficiency and as a result be able to offer even better airfares to customers, while expanding its flight network and contributing to the development of the aviation industry in Vietnam and in the region.