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Wed, 23 Oct 2019

Vietnam Airlines Takes Delivery of 100th Aircraft

Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of its 100th aircraft.

The 100th aircraft is the third out of eight Boeing 787-10’s to be delivered between August 2019 to March 2021.

“Delivery of our 100th aircraft has affirmed our leading position coupled with owning the largest fleet in Vietnam, and ranking among the top Asia Pacific airlines. This opens up new development opportunities for Vietnam Airlines on its quest to leverage Vietnam’s aviation industry among leading airlines in the region and the world,” said Mr. Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-8 reg: VN-865. Picture by Steven Howard of TravelNewsAsia.com Click to enlarge.

Vietnam Airlines owns the second-largest Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 fleet in Southeast Asia and ranks among the top airlines in Asia Pacific, comprising 14 Airbus A350-900s, 11 Boeing 787-9 and 3 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.

While the wide-body fleet plays a crucial role in domestic and international routes, the narrow-body fleet of 52 Airbus A321, 14 Airbus A321neo, and 6 ATR-72 have been effectively utilized on low-capacity and short distance routes or at airports with limited infrastructure.

“This milestone delivery is a great symbol of the rising fortunes of Vietnam Airlines. The carrier has grown steadily and profitably as it has connected Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and other great cities with the world. At Boeing, we are honored to be long-standing partners of Vietnam Airlines, from the lease of three 767-300ERs nearly 25 years ago to the delivery of the most efficient wide-body airplane today, the 787-10 Dreamliner,” said Mr. Ihssane Mounir, Senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. He continued, “Congratulations to the Vietnam Airlines team. We are excited to deliver additional 787-10 aircraft to complement your 787-9 airplanes in opening up even more travel possibilities for your customers.”

Vietnam Airlines has said it will continue its journey of fleet renewal by replacing outdated aircraft of over 12 years old with new generation narrow-body and regional jets.

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