Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of the
first of eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes.
from Air Lease Corporation, the new 787-10 will complement Vietnam
Airlines' existing fleet of 787-9 jets.
The 787-10 is longer
than the 787-9, providing the space to carry 40 more passengers
and more cargo.
Vietnam Airlines is
outfitting its 787-10 models with 367 seats, 24 in business class
and 343 in economy class.
In addition to its size and fuel
efficiency, the 787-10 can cover long distances. With a published
range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), the 787-10 can fly more
than 95 percent of the world's twin-aisle routes.
"Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our
growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and
most modern fleets in Asia and also adds a competitive edge to
Vietnam Airlines' operations. We appreciate the unbeatable
efficiency performance with reduced fuel burn and outstanding
passenger comfort and amenities," said Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of
the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines. "On our journey to
become a 5-star airline, we are confident that the Boeing 787-10
fleet will further elevate the customer experience on the Hanoi to
Ho Chi Minh route as well as many international routes."
With the delivery to Vietnam Airlines, the 787-10
continues to expand its global presence. More than 30 of this
Dreamliner model have been delivered to six operators since the
airplane entered commercial service last year. Airlines are
deploying the 787-10 around the world, especially in Asia as it is
home to more than half of all 787-10 destinations.
"Vietnam Airlines has achieved impressive growth
in recent years and helped power the rapid rise of commercial
aviation in Southeast Asia," said Ihssane
Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of
The Boeing Company. "We see even greater potential ahead and the
787-10 brings the perfect combination of size and efficiency for
Vietnam Airlines to serve high-demand routes, while the
longer-range 787-9 delivers the flexibility to connect the world's
major cities with popular destinations in Vietnam and surrounding