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Airbus presents 14th A350-900 to Vietnam Airlines

Released at: 19:22, 03/04/2019

Airbus presents 14th A350-900 to Vietnam Airlines

Photo: Vietnam Airlines

New aircraft last of 14 A350-900s ordered from Airbus.

by Ngoc Lan

Airbus presented Vietnam Airlines with its 14th Airbus A350-900 on April 3 at a special ceremony in Toulouse, France, attended by National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who is on an official State visit to France.

The aircraft (registration number VN-A899) completes Vietnam Airlines’ order of 14 Airbus A350-900s, marking another milestone in the national flag carrier’s fleet development and expansion program as it moves towards Skytrax 5-star status.

Mr. Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, said that new Airbus aircraft account for nearly 90 per cent of its fleet, which demonstrates Airbus’s enormous contribution to Vietnam Airlines’ success. “Today’s event marks an important milestone for Vietnam Airlines and Airbus’s enduring relationship, which provides us with unparalleled opportunities for future growth through the operation of newer, more efficient and suitable aircraft,” he said.

Mr. Jean-François Laval, Executive Vice President Asia of Airbus, said that for everyone at Airbus it has been a great source of pride and satisfaction to see the A350 flying in Vietnam Airlines’ distinctive colors. “We are delighted to celebrate Vietnam Airlines’ 14th A350-900,” he added. “We are proud that Airbus aircraft have served as a platform for the airline to grow at home and abroad and contributed to the development of Vietnam’s economy.”

In July 2015, Vietnam Airlines became the first airline in Southeast Asia and only the second worldwide to operate the next generation wide-bodied Airbus A350-900 aircraft. Over the past four years, the carrier’s Airbus A350-900 fleet has served more than 30 domestic and international routes, primarily comprising transcontinental routes to Europe, Australia, and Northeast Asia, and domestic flights between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Vietnam Airlines’ Airbus A350 fleet has successfully operated 35,000 flights and carried nearly 9 million passengers.

The Airbus A350-900 features a spacious cabin, higher ceilings, larger windows, more leg room, fully flat Business Class seats, and an upgraded entertainment system with a larger screen, contributing to Vietnam Airlines’ journey towards Skytrax 5-star standards.

Vietnam Airlines Group (including Vietnam Airlines, Jetstar Pacific, and Cambodia Angkor Air) operates a total of 105 aircraft from Airbus, including 89 narrow-bodied and 16 wide-bodied aircraft, while Vietnam Airlines operates 86 Airbus aircraft, accounting for 88 per cent of its fleet. Vietnam Airlines is also the only airline in Vietnam currently operating the new generation of wide-bodied Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

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