Vietnam Airlines to get 16 planes in 2010

National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines is scheduled to receive 16 Airbus A321 aircraft in 2010 to expand its fleet of 58 planes.  

The corporation has transported about 9.3 million passengers this year, including more than six million on domestic routes, increasing by 16% on the year before.

The airline plans to open new routes to Northeast Asia next year.

The carrier’s current fleet includes Airbus and Boeing aircraft. Vietnam Airlines also plans to expand the fleet to 104 planes by 2015 and raise that number to 150 by 2020.

Also in 2010, Vietnam Airlines will join SkyTeam, a global airline alliance with eleven members and three associate carriers.

By Minh Bao, translated by Minh Huy

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