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VietJetAir makes huge Airbus order

Update: September, 27/2013 - 09:08
The Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company (VietJet Air) on September 26 received an A320 Sharklet in Paris, the first in a series of aircraft the airline has ordered from Airbus. The hand-over ceremony saw the presence of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on the occasion of his official visit to France.—VNA/VNS Photo
PARIS (VNS)— VietJetAir has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the world's leading aircraft manufacturer Airbus for an order of 100 aircraft of different types.

The signing ceremony took place at Montignon Castle in Paris and was witnessed by French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung.

The order includes the purchase of 92 A320 family aircraft and the lease of eight more from third party lessors.

According to the list price of Airbus, the order is valued at nearly US$8.6 billion.

The order includes the purchase of 92 A320 Family aircraft and lease of 8 more from third party lessors. The order is aimed to fulfill VietJetAir's plans to develop the latest and most modern fleet in the region and to become a multi-national airline.—Photo Airbus
The order is aimed to meet VietJetAir's demand for the most modern fleet in the region and to become a multi-national airline.

It will also consolidate Airbus' position in the Asia-Pacific region, which is the fastest growing aviation market in the world.

"We are pleased with our decision and the outcome of negotiations between VietJetAir and Airbus. We are confident that VietJetAir passengers will be satisfied with the most modern and family-friendly aircraft that we have selected," said Luu Duc Khanh, managing director of VietJetAir, Viet Nam's first private and low-cost carrier.

The signing ceremony takes place at Montignon Castle at the witness of French Prime Minister His Excellency Mr. Jean-Marc Ayrault and Vietnamese Prime Minister His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung.—VNS Photo
The MoU represents the strategic and comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and France during the Vietnamese Prime Minister's visit to France at a time the two nations are celebrating their 40 years of diplomatic ties.

The 100 planes will be delivered between 2014 and 2022, with the first batch scheduled to arrive by the last quarter of next year. — VNS

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