Vietjet has unveiled plans to add the A321XLR to
its fleet, with a firm order for 15 aircraft and the conversion of
five A321neo aircraft from its existing backlog.
The airline has also signed a new training
agreement with Airbus Services which will see Airbus position two
new A320 Family full flight simulators at the carrier’s training centre
in Ho Chi Minh (Saigon).
The A321XLR will enable Vietjet to fly to
destinations as far afield as Australia and Russia.
Vietjet President & CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao,
said, “Vietjet has always been a pioneer in operating new, modern,
advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft. We are proud of operating
one of the world’s youngest Airbus fleets with an average age of
only 2.7 years and this has contributed greatly to Vietjet’s
success over the past years. Following the signing of this
contract, the new A321XLR will be the perfect upgrade to Vietjet’s
fleet as we look to grow our international flight network.”
Vietjet has now
ordered a total of 186 A320 Family aircraft, of which 60 have been
delivered. The airline’s outstanding Airbus backlog is entirely
composed of A321neo aircraft.
“Vietjet is one of the fastest growing carriers
in the Asian region and we feel proud to have the A321XLR joining
its fleet,” said Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury. “This order is
another strong endorsement of our decision to bring true long
range capability to the singe-aisle market with the A321XLR,
enabling airlines to extend their networks at the lowest possible
cost. Furthermore, we are also pleased to develop further our
collaboration with Vietjet in the area of training.”
The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from
the A321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and
payload. The aircraft will have a range of up to 4,700nm.