Vietjet had the honor of welcoming the 9,000th aircraft made by Airbus at Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 2:30 pm yesterday (March 22, 2015).
Coded VN-A65, this is also Vietjet’s first A321 aircraft and the fifth aircraft from an order of 100 aircraft made with Airbus.
The new aircraft, which was purchased in a deal financed by BNP Paribas bank (France) and Jackson Square (Japan), has been emblazoned with the words: “Airbus' 9,000th aircraft”.
Earlier the aircraft delivery ceremony was celebrated in Hamburg (Germany) with the attendance of the Vice President of Airbus, Nico Petersen and the Vietnam Ambassador to Germany, Nguyen Thi Hoang Anh.
The A320 single-aisle jetliner family is the world’s best-selling single-aisle aircraft family. The A321 features Sharklets wingtip devices. The widest passenger cabin in its class, the A321 also boasts extended service intervals for the airframe and the stretched-fuselage can seat up to 220 passengers in a high-density arrangement.
Airbus has brought the benefits of increased maximum seating capacities to all A321 designs with further optimized cabin space and increased exit limits while retaining the company’s modern, comfort standards.
This newly arrived A321 will take Vietjet’s fleet up to a total of 23 aircraft, facilitating the airline’s expansion plans, which include opening longer haul routes to South Korea, Japan, and elsewhere in the Asia Pacific region.
“We are very proud to welcome a new A321 to our family in line with our expansion plans in Asia Pacific,” said Luu Duc Khanh, managing director of Vietjet. “We believe that the new fleet will further facilitate our business plan as well as offer customers more and more wonderful flying experiences. Once again, we are delighted to welcome the 9,000th aircraft of Airbus into our enthusiastic family.”
John Leahy, chief operating officer - customers of Airbus, also shared his delight at the handover: “It is a great honor for us to deliver the 9,000th aircraft to Vietjet – a rising star among airlines in Asia. The new A321 will boost Vietjet’s operation to a new level in terms of cost efficiency for single-aisle aircraft.”
Receiving its first A321 is a significant milestone on Vietjet’s strategic business plan after three years of operations. Vietjet has fast become one of the most popular airlines in Vietnam and is now enjoying introducing its services to multiple markets across Southeast Asia and further afield in Asia.
By adding more brand new, modern aircraft, Vietjet will improve its cost efficiency, and as a result be able to offer even better air fares to customers while expanding its flight network and contributing to the development of the aviation industry in Vietnam and in the region.