Airbus to supply 40 planes to Vietnam
Airbus Group SE won about $6.5 billion of orders from carriers in Vietnam, a nation that’s likely to rank among the top 10 fastestgrowing aviation markets in the next two decades.
State-owned Vietnam Airlines Corp signed a deal to buy 10 A350 wide-bodied aircraft worth about $3.1 billion in list prices, while affiliate Jetstar Pacific Airlines Aviation Joint Stock Co agreed to purchase 10 A320s for about $980 million, Airbus said in a statement. VietJet Aviation Joint Stock Co, Vietnam’s only private airline, signed a $2.39 billion order for 20 more A321 planes, the lowcost carrier said in a statement separately.
The deals were signed on Tuesday in Hanoi in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, who is currently visiting the Southeast Asian country where VietJet estimates air travel has expanded at least 20 percent in the past three years. Vietnam Airlines is revamping its fleet as it adds international routes while also fending off competition from VietJet, which started operations in December 2011.
The A321s VietJet signed to purchase will be delivered starting 2017 through 2020, according to the e-mailed statement from the carrier. Late last year at the Dubai Airshow, VietJet had agreed to buy 30 Airbus A321 planes in a deal worth $3.6 billion at list prices. As recently as May, the private operator said it would buy 100 Boeing 737Max 200 jets in an order worth $11.3 billion when US President Barack Obama visited Vietnam.