National flag carrier unveils A350 XWB with new logo and livery.
Vietnam Airlines has introduced its first A350 XWB, which features the carrier's new distinctive blue and gold lotus livery. The aircraft rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, on March 6.
The A350 XWB is now entering the advanced phase of production before being handed over to Vietnam Airlines. This phase includes installing the motors and completing the interior design, 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 and only the second in the world to fly the A350 XWB. This is the first of 14 A350 XWBs Vietnam Airlines has ordered to 2019, of which ten are on order from Airbus and four are under leasing agreements. The national flag carrier will operate its A350 XWB fleet on premium long-haul routes, beginning with services between Hanoi and Paris.
The A350 XWB is the latest addition to the market-leading Airbus Wide-body Family. The type sets new standards in terms of flight experience for passengers, operational efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for airlines. By the end of February the A350 XWB had won 780 firm orders from 40 customers worldwide.