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Vietjet orders 20 latest-generation A321XLR aircraft

Released at: 14:40, 01/11/2019

Vietjet orders 20 latest-generation A321XLR aircraft

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Local carrier to be one of the first in the world to operate Airbus's newest "extra-long-range" version when first aircraft delivered in 2023.

by Doanh Doanh

Vietjet Air and Airbus on October 31 signed a contract for 20 brand-new A321XLR aircraft.

The deal signed in Toulouse, France, will make Vietjet one of the first carriers in the world to operate Airbus’s newest “extra-long-range” version when the first of the aircraft is delivered in 2023.

The two parties also signed an agreement for two additional A320/A321 flight simulators (SIMs) for pilot and technician training, increasing the manufacturer’s contribution to the Vietjet Aviation Academy to three SIMs, helping increase training capacity.

Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Airbus Chief Executive Officer Guillaume Faury co-signed the important contract during the official visit of Ms. Thao and Vietjet’s top leaders to Europe.

“Vietjet is one of the fastest-growing carriers in the Asian region and we feel proud to have the A321XLR joining its fleet,” said Mr. 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.”

Photo: Vietjet

“Vietjet has always been a pioneer in operating new, modern, advanced, and fuel-efficient aircraft,” said  Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao. “We are proud to be operating the world’s youngest Airbus fleet, with an average age of only 2.7 years, which has contributed greatly to Vietjet’s success over past years. Following the signing of this contract today, the new A321XLR will be the perfect upgrade to comprehensively modernize Vietjet’s fleet as we look to strongly grow our international flight network. It’s exciting to know that our passengers will soon enjoy flying on our comfortable, modern, and cost-saving mid-haul flights.”

With this latest contract, Vietjet’s total order book with Airbus reaches 186 aircraft, with the first A321XLRs to be delivered to the airline from 2023.

The next evolutionary step forward from the A321LR, the A321XLR responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for carriers.

From 2023, the aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range (XLR) of up to 4,700 nautical miles (8,704 km) - 15 per cent more than the A321LR - and with 30 per cent lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous-generation aircraft.

With such a long range, the innovative model will serve Vietjet’s fleet modernization and international flight network expansion plans in the near future.

As part of the deals for the new aircraft and SIMs, Airbus Services also provides state-of-the-art training solutions to ensure safe, reliable, and economically-efficient operations on all Airbus aircraft throughout their lifecycle.

The aircraft manufacturer is also on-hand to offer support every step of the way with a comprehensive and tailored training portfolio designed and developed by Airbus for Vietjet’s pilots, cadets, cabin crews, performance and operations engineers, maintenance personnel, and structure and repair specialists.

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