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PM hails Airbus, airline teamwork

Update: July, 02/2015 - 09:18
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung meets with Airbus Group CEO Thomas Enders in Ha Noi. — VNA/ VNS Photo Thong Nhat
HA NOI (VNS)  — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday expressed confidence that the massive co-operation projects between aircraft manufacturer Airbus and Vietnamese carriers will be successful.

Meeting with Airbus Group CEO Thomas Enders in Ha Noi, he praised the collaboration between the aircraft maker and Viet Nam in recent years and urged due fulfillment of contracts, including the delivery of 10 wide-body A350-900 XWB aircraft, to develop the fleet of Viet Nam's national flag carrier.

He suggested both sides design long-term co-operation strategies under which Airbus would further assist Viet Nam in training personnel and developing technical infrastructure, including maintenance facilities and aircraft component factories.

Viet Nam is willing to discuss and promote its affiliation with Airbus in airspace and military technology, including transport planes and defence equipment, he said.

Enders said Airbus attaches great importance to the Vietnamese market as well as long-term cooperation with the country. He pledged the firm's support to local airlines in modernising their fleets alongside offering technical and personnel assistance to help them successfully operate Airbus planes.

He noted that an A350-900 XWB plane was recently handed over to Vietnam Airlines, making Viet Nam the first country in Asia and second in the world to purchase this model.

Airbus will provide maximum support to Vietnam Airlines in operating the craft and also ensure timely delivery of other aircraft ordered, he said.

Enders said his firm was also keen to work with Viet Nam on military aircraft and related issues. It was prepared to help build and run aircraft maintenance facilities and consider setting up component manufacturing establishments in Viet Nam in the future, he said. — VNS

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