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VNA Dreamliner in final stages of preparation

Released at: 22:28, 15/05/2015

VNA Dreamliner in final stages of preparation

New Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner set to enter testing stage and be delivered to Vietnam Airlines shortly.

by Son Ho

Vietnam Airlines’ new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been completed and left the paint shop at Paine Field in Washington, US, on May 15.

New aircraft gets the finishing touches on its livery at Paine Field

This will be the first aircraft of Vietnam Airlines to provide wi-fi services, aimed at providing more services and convenience to passengers. It also features 180-degree reclining seats in Business Class, and is equipped with larger windows and overhead storage together with a modern LED entertainment system.

Compared with other versions of the 787, the 787-9 Dreamliner can fly further and carry more passengers and cargo. Due to innovations in technology it also saves 20 per cent in fuel and reduces gas emissions by 20 per cent.

Seating and other fittings are now being assembled, after which the aircraft will enter the final testing stage before being officially handed over to Vietnam Airlines. Delivery is expected in June or July.

Vietnam Airlines will be the first carrier in the Asia Pacific region to operate two modern aircraft: the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350-900 XWB. In using the Dreamliner on the Vietnam - London route, Vietnam Airlines will also be the first in the region to use it on direct flights between Southeast Asia and Europe.

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