A380 still 'a possible option' for future expansion, Vietnam Airlines says

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An Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines performs at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012. Photo: Bloomberg An Airbus A380 aircraft operated by Malaysia Airlines performs at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2012. Photo: Bloomberg

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Vietnam Airlines said Friday it has not excluded Airbus A380 superjumbo as a possible option in its long-term development strategy.
The carrier has continued to implement a plan to expand its fleet, which was approved by Prime Minister in 2008, it said in an emailed statement to Thanh Nien in response to a report that it has scaled down the plan and no longer considered buying the A380s.
“Although an earlier accord related to the A380 expired in 2010, we continue to evaluate the aircraft along with other aircraft types that have the potential to meet our future requirements,” the national flag carrier said.
“In fact, the A380 has not been excluded by Vietnam Airlines as a possible option for the future.”
The original plan projected that its fleet would reach 150 aircraft by 2020, but the airline is seeking to scale down the figure to 122.
The airline said the original plan allowed that the number of aircraft “can be adjusted to suit the actual need of the market.”
The adjustment was made to “ensure sustainable development and benefits of the shareholders,” the airline said.

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