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Vietnam Airlines signs MoU for 10 Airbus A350 XWB and 20 additional A321s

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Vietnam Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for 10 A350-900 XWBs, as well as for 20 additional A321s. With this further commitment for the A350 and for additional A321s, Vietnam Airlines will become one of the largest Airbus operators in Asia.

"We thoroughly reviewed the A350 XWB programme, and we are very confident that this aircraft will set new standards of passenger comfort, operating economics and low emissions in our growing long-haul markets. The size of the A350-900 XWB responds very well to our expected traffic growth over the next decade," said Mr Nguyen Sy Hung, Chairman and CEO of Vietnam Airlines. "Our A330s already provide us with an excellent level of economics combined with superior passenger appeal. The A350 XWB will further consolidate our successful growth and long term development into the future."

With Vietnam Airlines' endorsement, total firm orders and commitments for the A350 XWB programme stand at 264 aircraft (154 firm orders and 110 commitments).

The A350 XWB (Extra Wide-Body) is Airbus' newest aircraft model. Designed to increase productivity and offer superior levels of passenger comfort, the A350 XWB will offer some of the lowest operating costs and lowest seat mile costs of any aircraft in its category.

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