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Mon, 8 Jan 2018

Vietjet Converts Order for 42 Airbus A320neo to Larger A321neo Aircraft

Vietjet has converted its order for 42 Airbus A320neo to the larger A321neo.

 The change in aircraft type means that Vietjet now has a total of 73 A321neo and 11 A321ceo on order for future delivery.

“The A320 family aircraft has greatly contributed to Vietjet’s impressive operation performances with the airline’s technical reliability rate standing at 99.6% in 2017. The aircraft have also helped us maintain some of the lowest operating costs in the airline world,” said Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO. “The upgraded A321neo deal once again emphazises Vietjet's ceaseless efforts to modernize our fleet. We believe that the technical reliability rate and other operation and safety indexes will continue to go up in order to bring maximum comfort, joy and safety to our valued passengers.”

Vietjet management led by President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (middle) welcomes the A321neo delivery delegation together with representatives from Airbus and Pratt & Whitney at Tan Son Nhat International Airport. Click to enlarge.

 The first A321neo (new engine option), registered as VN-646, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Hamburg recently, marking a major milestone for Vietjet as is the first airline in Southeast Asia to operate the Airbus aircraft powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation GTF engines.

Fitted out with 230 leather-covered seats, the first five rows of Vietjet’s new A321neo have been designed to accommodate passengers flying Skyboss, the airline’s premium service.

The A321neo was the 17th aircraft Vietjet received in 2017, increasing its total fleet to 55.

“We are proud when a dynamic airline like Vietjet endorses our products,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “The A321neo combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency. This aircraft will be a real asset in Vietjet’s expansion plans in such a fast-growing market. We look forward to seeing the A321neo flying in Vietjet colours.”

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