|A new Airbus A350-XWB aircraft of Vietnam Airlines transports medical equipment for a kidney hospital in Ha Noi. — Photo nld.com.vn
HA NOI — Vietnam Airlines has transported three tonnes of medical equipment donated by a university in Toulouse, France, to the Ha Noi Kidney Hospital free of charge, a representative said.
The national carrier in co-ordination with the Airbus Group transported 25 kidney filtering machines to the hospital on the occasion of receiving the second out of four Airbus A350-XWB aircraft.
The plane, registered as VN-A887, departed from Toulouse on September 19 and landed at Noi Bai International Airport on September 20.
General Director of Vietnam Airlines Pham Ngoc Minh said the company was keen to contribute to the community and the nation and bring the best facilities for patients in need of kidney treatment.
Chief Executive Officer of the Airbus Group and the Airbus Foundation Chairman Tom Enders said he hoped the kidney filtering machines would benefit Vietnamese patients.
The airline received its first wide-bodied Airbus A350-XWB on June 30.
In an effort to modernise its fleet, Vietnam Airlines has announced plans to buy 14 Airbus A350s, to be delivered between now and 2019. — VNS