Vietnam Airlines Updrades Their Fleet

Vietnam Airlines Updrades Their Fleet

Vietnam Airlines is trying to more effectively compete with and possibly regain lost market share from VietJet Air and other budget rivals. The cabin of this A350 XWB features large entertainment screens for all passengers. One piece of its strategy has been to add big, state-of-the-art aircraft to its fleet. To this effect, the number of the state-owned carrier’s new jetliners may soon reach 49. On July 2, the airline celebrated the delivery of its first A350 XWB, from Airbus. The jet landed at Noi Bai International Airport, in Hanoi. The ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, who said he hopes the plane helps Vietnam Airlines become one of Southeast Asia’s leading carriers. Only four days later, the airline welcomed another delivery — its first 787, from U.S.-based Boeing. The Dreamliner landed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. The event was witnessed by Nguyen Phu Trong, the first general secretary of the Vietnamese Communist Party to visit the U.S. He christened the aircraft by splashing champagne on the spick-and-span 787, painted in Vietnam Airlines blue. The carrier’s turnaround plan is ambitious. In addition to the 33 new jetliners it has ordered, the last of which will be delivered in 2020, it began talks on acquiring another 16 planes, including more 787s. If all goes well, the airline’s seating capacity will more than double.

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