Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (“Vietjet”) has inked a deal at the Paris Air Show to purchase six additional Airbus A321 single-aisle jets worth a total of US$682 million. The aircraft will be delivered in 2017 to meet the airline’s rapid growth.
Vietjet sign agreement with Airbus
The contract was signed by Vietjet’s President and CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and President and CEO of Airbus, Fabrice Brégier in Paris. The purchase of these A321s, one of the most modern single-aisle aircrafts produced by Airbus, is in addition to the deal made last February by Vietjet for an order of 100 aircraft with Airbus.
Since the beginning of the year, a total of six A320 and A321 aircraft have been delivered to Vietjet from the initial order and as per the contractual agreement, Vietjet will continue to receive between six to 12 aircrafts every year till the order is complete.
Speaking at the event, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said, “Vietjet has grown faster than expected in the last few years and our previous aircraft purchasing plans could not keep up with the growing demand. In March 2015, we received our first A321 aircraft, the 9,000th aircraft made by Airbus, as part of our original contract. This jet has already been put into operation safely and effectively.”
Also speaking at the event, Fabrice Brégier said: “We are pleased to see Vietjet renewing its confidence in Airbus by enlarging their A320 family fleet. The A320 family offers the lowest operating costs in the single-aisle market and this latest order from Vietjet further confirms the growing popularity of the A321 as the largest member of the product line.’
Together, Airbus’ A320 and A321 have become the world’s best-selling, modern single-aisle products, with more than 10,200 aircraft ordered and more than 6,000 aircraft delivered to airlines worldwide to date.
Vietjet currently operates a fleet of 25 Airbus aircraft across 32 routes domestically and internationally. The airline plans to expand its network across the Asia-Pacific region, with the potential to open long-haul flights to Europe. The airline offers express check-in at all airports for passengers over 65 years of age, expectant mothers, and families travelling with infants. These passengers are encouraged to approach Vietjet’s express check-in counters for priority boarding and assistance with carry-on baggage.