Vietjet inks deal with Airbus to order 20 A321XLR aircraft hinh anh 1Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (R) and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury co-sign the important contract during the official visit of Thao and Vietjet’s top leaders to Europe. (Photo: VietjetAir)

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New age-carrier Vietjet and aircraft manufacturer Airbus on October 31 signed a contract for 20 brand-new A321XLR aircraft.

The deal in Toulouse (France) will make Vietjet one of the first carriers in the world to operate Airbus’s newest "extra-long-range" version when the first of the aircraft are delivered in 2023. With a range of up to 8,700km, the innovative model will serve Vietjet’s fleet modernisation and international flight network expansion plans in the near future.

On this occasion, the two parties also signed an agreement for two additional A320/A321 aircraft Simulators (SIM) for pilot and technician training, increasing the manufacturer’s SIMs at the Vietjet Aviation Academy to three, helping increase the capacity for training at the Vietjet facility.

Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury co-signed the important contract during the official visit of Thao and Vietjet’s top leaders to Europe.

Speaking at the contract signing ceremony, Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury, said: “Vietjet is one of the fastest growing carriers in the Asian region and we feel proud to have the A321XLR joining its fleet. This order is another strong endorsement of our decision to bring true long range capability to the singe aisle market with the A321XLR, enabling airlines to extend their networks at the lowest possible cost. Furthermore, we are also pleased to develop further our collaboration with Vietjet in the area of training.”

Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said: “Vietjet has always been a pioneer for operating new, modern, advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft. We are proud of operating the world’s youngest Airbus fleet with an average age of only 2.7 years, which has contributed greatly to Vietjet’s success over the past years. Following the signing of this contract today, the new A321XLR will be the perfect upgrade to comprehensively modernize Vietjet’s fleet as we look to strongly grow international flight network. It’s exciting to know that our passengers will soon enjoy flying on our comfortable, modern and cost-saving mid-haul flights.”

With this latest contract, Vietjet’s total order with Airbus reaches 186 aircraft with the first A321XLRs to be delivered to the airline from 2023.

The next evolutionary step on from the A321LR, the A321XLR model responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for the airlines. From 2023, the aircraft will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm (8,704 km) – 15 percent more than the A321LR – and with 30 percent lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous-generation aircraft.

As part of the deals for the new aircraft and SIMs, Airbus Services provides also state-of-the-art training solutions to ensure safe, reliable and economically efficient operations on all Airbus aircraft throughout their lifecycle. The aircraft manufacturer is also on-hand to offer support every step of the way with a comprehensive and tailored training portfolio designed and developed by Airbus for Vietjet’s pilots, cadets, cabin crews, performance & operations engineers, maintenance personnel and structure & repair specialists./.