The national flag carrier, Vietnam Airlines, on October 1 signed a preliminary agreement to buy 30 Airbus aeroplanes, including 10 A350s and 20 A320s worth nearly EUR2.7 billion (US$3.6 billion) in total.
The agreement was reached during the on-going France visit by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
The same day, the carrier announced that it had signed a contract last week to purchase 12 Boeing 787-8 Dreamers with the US manufacturer. The first batch is expected to be delivered in 2015.
Vietnam Airlines also said it will open a direct air route from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles, the US, with a schedule of 5 flights per week, late this year.
It plans to modernise its fleet in an attempt to become one of the leading Asian airlines.