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Vietjet, Airbus ink strategic deal for 119 aircraft

By Le Anh

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HCMC – Vietjet and Airbus have inked a strategic partnership agreement on the delivery timeline for 119 aircraft of the airline’s existing backlog, a cooperation for the development of Vietjet’s wide-body fleet and other supporting terms for the carrier in the post-Covid-19 period.

The agreement was signed during the official visit of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on November 5 (local time).

Both sides also agreed on further support and training for the airline’s technicians and engineers, while accelerating the development of Vietjet’s Training Academy for simulators, safety management programs and flight management training.

Vietjet will take delivery and operate up to three leased A330 aircraft in November, as part of the airline’s wide-body fleet development plan under its low-cost carrier business model.

“We are pleased to reach this agreement with Vietjet,” said Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International. “It is another example of how we have worked together with our customers to find solutions to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. With its modern and efficient Airbus fleet, Vietjet will be well equipped to benefit from the rebound in air travel in Asia, where we see strong pent-up demand.”

Vietjet Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong said, “Our cooperation today again acknowledges both parties’ long-term and sustainable relationship, which is now elevated to a strategic and comprehensive partnership. I believe that the add-on of the A330s will surely enhance our fleet’s technical reliability, operational efficiency and flight range to better meet the travel demand of our flyers in the coming time.”

The agreement also covers a variety of other aspects such as aircraft’s equipment supply and services, comprehensive aviation training, consultation and development of MRO facilities for Vietjet and in the region together with other initiatives for fuel efficiency and sustainable development.

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