Airbus hands over A350-900 XWB to Vietnam Airlines on June 30 in Toulouse.
Vietnam Airlines has taken possession of its first Airbus A350-900 XWB.
The aircraft is the first to come as part of the national flag carrier’s age of expansion, as it has recently revealed ambitions to upgrade its fleet with 14 A350-900 XWBs and 19 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners over the next three years.
With the arrival of the new A350 Vietnam Airlines will bring its in-flight features in line with its world-class global competitors.
Flights using the new A350 will use a three-class layout, with 29 seats that convert to flat beds in business class, 45 seats in premium economy, and 231 in economy.
Passengers in all classes will also be treated to individual high-definition touch screen AVOD (Audio - Video on Demand) entertainment system, in-flight wi-fi access, universal power outlets, and others.
The national flag carrier plans to first deploy the aircraft on the key Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City route before moving to long-haul international services such as Hanoi - Paris.
“The arrival of the A350-900 XWB marks the start of a major upgrade of our long haul fleet,” said Executive Vice President Commercial, Mr. Trinh Ngoc Thanh. “Combining the latest technologies, a wider cabin, and the highest levels of comfort, the A350 XWB will enable us to fly our passengers in style whichever class of travel they choose. We are proud to be the second airline in the world to receive the A350 XWB aircraft, which is a step forward in helping us fulfill our commitment to ‘reach further’.”
“We are proud to see Vietnam Airlines become the second airline in the world to operate the A350 XWB,” said Mr. Fabrice Brégier, President and CEO of Airbus. “We are confident that the all-new A350 XWB will enable Vietnam Airlines to consolidate its position as one of Asia’s leading international carriers, bringing its passengers the best the industry has to offer.”
In addition to developing its fleet Vietnam Airlines is currently putting a great deal of effort into upgrading its service quality to become a four-star airline this year.