National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its 100th aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on October 22, in the presence of Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh.

The delivery is a milestone in Vietnam Airlines’ history and confirms its leading position in the country’s aviation sector with the newest, largest, and most modern fleet.

The aircraft was the third of eight Boeing787-10s Vietnam Airlines will receive from August 2019 to March 2021.

It is the largest aircraft type in the country. Within two months, its first two Boeing 787-10s conducted nearly 140 flights with more than 83,000 passengers on routes linking Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh City and Vietnam with South Korea.

Mr. Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines, said the ceremony welcoming the 100th aircraft is an important milestone, affirming the leading position of Vietnam Airlines and its stature in the Asia-Pacific region. “This is a new step in the next stage of development for Vietnam Airlines on its journey to improve Vietnam’s aviation sector in line with regional and world aviation,” he added.

Mr. Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Boeing told the ceremony that it is a milestone that opens up a new era in the development of Vietnam Airlines. “The airline has grown strongly and recorded profits on routes connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang with other major cities around the world,” he noted. “Boeing has been honored to be a long-term partner of Vietnam Airlines since we delivered three Boeing 767-300ER aircraft nearly 25 years ago. Together with the Boeing 787-9 fleet, the Boeing 787-10 aircraft will give Vietnam Airlines’ passengers more opportunities to experience.”

Vietnam Airlines is the second aviation carrier in Southeast Asia to own a large fleet of wide-body Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft, ranking top in Asia-Pacific with 14 A350-900s, eleven Boeing 787-9s, and three Boeing 787-10s. While the wide-body fleet is the airline’s main aircraft on domestic and international routes, its narrow-body fleet of 52 Airbus A321s, 14 Airbus A321neos, and six ATR-72s have been effective on short routes or to airports with limited infrastructure.

Vietnam Airlines will continue to upgrade and expand its fleet to gradually replace aircraft that are over 12 years of age, adding new generation narrow-body aircraft and receiving regional jets.