The Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (VietJet Air) on September 26 received an A320 Sharklet in Paris, the first in a series of aircraft the airline has ordered from Airbus.

The hand-over ceremony saw the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on the occasion of his official visit to France.

VietJet Air’s executive director Luu Duc Khanh said the airline has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus to buy 92 aircrafts and rent 8 others.

He said VietJet Air is the first airline in Vietnam and one of a few in the region to own the modern Sharklet model.

An Airbus’ representative said the establishment of VietJet Air, a private budget airline which operates both domestic and foreign flight routes, reflects the dynamic development in Vietnam ’s aviation.

The A320 Sharklet model reportedly helps save 4 percent of fuel and reduce more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 emission every year.-VNA