National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines received thefirst out of the ten ordered Airbus A321 aircraft in Hamburg, Germany onMonday.
|Vietnam Airlines' AirbusA321|
The new plane is due to arrive in Viet Nam on January 11 and come into usetwo days later to help reduce flight cancellations or delays, especially duringthe Lunar New Year holidays in mid-February.
Vietnam Airlines willreceive five more Airbus A321 planes later within this year, three next year,and the last in early 2009.
The corporation placed theUS$800-million order with Airbus in December 2004.
The Vietnamesenational carrier received soft loans from Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank,one of France’s leading financial institutions, to purchase theaircraft.
At present Vietnam Airlines operates ten B777 planes, tenA320, six A321, one A330-300, nine ATR72, and two Fokker.
In addition to the 10 new Airbus 321 aircraft between thisyear and 2010, Vietnam Airlines will receive four Boeing 787, five ATR72, andlease two more commercial aircraft with 250 seats each.
Last year, the corporation carried more than 6.8 millionpassengers, nearly one million more than the previous year.