Vietjet, Jetstar buy 30 A320 airplanes

Vietnam's VietJet on Tuesday signed a deal to buy 20 Airbus planes worth US$2.39 bn.

VietJet has signed a deal to buy 20 Airbus planes worth US$2.39 bn. (Photo: sggp)

The signing was witnessed by President Tran Dai Quang and French President François Hollande.

The newly ordered A321 CEO and NEO aircrafts will be delivered from 2017 to 2020 to meet the airline’s operation expansion to Asian countries.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO said that together with the new aircrafts order, the carrier would continue to expand their network while still offering the lowest fares.

During French President François Hollande’s visit to Vietnam, low-cost carrier Jetstar Pacific Airlines on the same day also inked a deal with aircraft manufacturer to purchase 10 A320 CE0 Sharklet aircrafts from the European aerospace giant Airbus. The order will be delivered in 2017.

Airbus A320 CEO Sharklet is the latest version of the Airbus A320 family with low operating costs and the widest cabin in the single aisle market.

The airline will receive four Airbus A320 planes by the end of 2016 before receiving new ten A320 CEO Sharklet planes in 2017 as part of its expansion plan between 2016 and 2020, according to Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific Le Hong Ha.

The budget carrier has operated 33 local domestic flights connecting Vietnam’s main airports in HCMC, Hanoi, Danang, Vinh, Hai Phong, Hue, Buon Ma Thuot, Nha Trang and Phu Quoc Island, and international routes from HCMC to Singapore and Thailand; connecting to 17 countries with 4,000 flights a week on Jetstar's network. The two main shareholders of Jetstar Pacific are Vietnam Airlines and QantasGroup (Qantas Airways - Australia).

Jetstar Pacific Airlines on inks a deal with aircraft manufacturer to purchase 10 A320 CE0 Sharklet aircrafts. (Photo: Sggp)


By Dao Thuy, Nguyen Khoi – Translated by Kim Khanh

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