Within the framework of the visit of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, to Vietnam, this Monday the signing of a commitment to purchase 50 Boeing 737 MAX 8 through Vietnam Airlines which represents an important shift in the company’s narrow fleet strategy, until now consisting only of aircraft Airbus A321.
“In line with Vietnam Airlines’ 2025-2030 fleet strategy and 2035 vision, the investment in the aircraft is an important project that supports the positive momentum of the recovery and prosperous outlook for the airline.“, said Dang Ngoc Hoa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines.
“The new narrowbody fleet will allow us to continue our overall development and expand our high-quality service on Vietnam Airlines’ domestic and Asian routes, as well as modernize our fuel-efficient fleet.he added.
On your part Brad McMullen, senior vice president, Commercial Sales & Marketing at Boeing, underlines the importance of choosing the 737 MAX in one of the fastest growing markets in the world such as Southeast Asia. “We value our historic partnership with Vietnam Airlines, dating back to 1995, when the airline first leased 767s.“He commented on the matter.
Of those 50 Boeing 737 MAX half will be replaced by A321 older, and others to expand the company’s capacity.
The current Boeing fleet of Vietnam Airlines It consists of 11 787-9 and 4 787-10 aircraft, with three more of the 787-9 variant awaiting delivery.
In the narrow part of the body, Vietnam Airlines operates 48 Airbus A321s with an average age of 11 years (the oldest is 17 years) and 20 A321neo with an average age of 4.3 years, according to data obtained by Aviacionline through the Cirium Fleet Analyzer. The aircraft also owns the aircraft from the European manufacturer in the wide body part: 14 Airbus A35-900 with an average age of 6.3 years.
During the state visit, Vietnamese and US authorities also agreed to advance a revision of the bilateral agreement between the US and Vietnam under the principle of open skies.