Vietnamese carrier VietJet took delivery of its first Airbus A321neo, becoming the first South Asian airline to operate the aircraft. The airline’s new A321neos will be powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, seating 230 passengers. VietJet is expected to use these aircraft on domestic routes.
“This aircraft will be a real asset in VietJet’s expansion plans in such a competitive market. We look forward to seeing the A321neo flying in Vietjet colors,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, and President Commercial Aircraft.
VietJet also announced that it has converted an existing order for 42 A320neos to A321neos. Now, the low-cost carrier has a total of 73 A321neo, and 11 A321ceo aircraft on order for future delivery.
“The A320 Family has contributed to VietJet’s impressive operational performance and helped to keep our costs extremely low. Upsizing our order to the A321neo reflects VietJet’s efforts to bring more comfort, joy, and safety to our valued passengers,” commented Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, VietJet President and CEO.
VietJet’s intentions to upsize the order was signed in December 2017 by Thi Phuong Thao and Fabrice Brégier. “We are proud when a dynamic airline like VietJet endorses our products,” said Brégier. “The A321neo combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency.”
The A321 is the largest member of the A320 Family, seating up to 240 passengers. The A321neo offers a reduction in fuel consumption of 15% per seat from day one and 20% by 2020.