Vietnam Airlines has taken possession of its hundredth plane, the third of the eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner expected.
The Vietnamese national airline received on October 22, 2019, at Hanoi-Noi Bai airport its hundredth plane, the Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner registered VN-A873 and configured to accommodate 23 passengers in Business class and 343 in Economy. « The delivery of our 100th aircraft has confirmed our leadership position, in addition, we have the largest fleet in Vietnam and ranks us among the best airlines in Asia and the Pacific. This opens up new development opportunities for Vietnam Airlines in its quest to place Vietnamese aviation among the leading airlines in the region and the world, « said in a statement Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Vietnam Airlines Board of Directors. The first two Boeing 787-10 delivered since last August have demonstrated « remarkable efficiency » by ensuring more than 140 flights, with approximately 83,000 passengers on the lines Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City and between Vietnam and South Korea (the new aircraft has already entered service to Seoul-Incheon).
Vietnam Airlines a member of SkyTeam Alliance « has experienced steady and profitable growth by connecting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and other major Vietnamese cities to the world. At Boeing, we are honored to be long-standing partners of Vietnam Airlines, from the lease of three 767-300ER nearly 25 years ago to the delivery of the 787-10 Dreamliner more effective today, « added Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing for The Boeing Company.
Vietnam Airlines owns the second-largest fleet of Airbus A350 (14) and Boeing 787 (14 including eleven 787-9) in Southeast Asia and ranks among the leading airlines in the Asia-Pacific region. Its fleet of small carriers (52 A321, 14 A321neo, and 6 ATR-72) « has been used effectively on short-haul and short-haul routes or in limited infrastructure airports ».
« In order to achieve Skytrax’s international 5-star status, » Vietnam Airlines will continue to renew its fleet by replacing its aircraft with an age over 12 years with next-generation single-aisle aircraft: it is still waiting for five A320neos and six A321neo.