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Vietjet receives first A321neo in Southeast Asia

Released at: 11:31, 03/01/2018 BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT

Vietjet receives first A321neo in Southeast Asia

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New-age carrier takes delivery of new Airbus aircraft in HCMC.

by Linh San

New-age carrier Vietjet Air has become the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of an A321neo (new engine option), after the Airbus aircraft landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City last week from Hamburg in Germany.

The A321neo, registered as VN-646, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation GTF engines and will begin operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam this month.

“The A320 family of aircraft has greatly contributed to Vietjet’s impressive operational performance, with the airline’s technical reliability rate standing at 99.6 per cent in 2017,” said Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO. “The aircraft has also helped us maintain some of the lowest operating costs in the airline world. The upgraded A321neo deal once again emphasizes Vietjet’s ceaseless efforts to modernize our fleet. We believe that the technical reliability rate and other operational and safety indexes will continue to go up and bring maximum comfort, joy, and safety to our valued passengers.”

“We are proud when a dynamic airline like Vietjet endorses our products,” said Mr. Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President, Commercial Aircraft. “The A321neo combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency. This aircraft will be a real asset in Vietjet’s expansion plans in such a competitive market. We look forward to seeing the A321neo flying in Vietjet colors.”

Upon receiving the aircraft, Vietjet also announced its decision to upgrade an existing order for 42 A320neo aircraft to the superior, and larger, A321neo models. The airline now has a total of 73 A321neo and eleven A321ceo on order for future delivery.

Fitted out with 230 comfy leather-covered seats and high-quality carpeting, the first five rows of Vietjet’s spacious new A321neo have been especially designed to accommodate passengers flying Skyboss, the airline’s premium service. The aircraft’s interior also features a unique color-changing LED light system and striking décor to create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin.

The brand-new A321neo incorporates the latest in engine design, advanced aerodynamics, and cabin innovations. According to the aircraft manufacturer, its GTF engines offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption - at least 16 per cent from day one and 20 per cent by 2020 - as well as a 75 per cent reduction in noise and 50 per cent in emissions. The engines were first introduced by Pratt & Whitney in 2016. Vietjet is one of the very first airlines in the world to incorporate the engines into its aircraft. The A321neo was the 17th aircraft delivered to Vietjet from Airbus in 2017.

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