Boeing secures orders for 110 aircraft
Following a visit by United States President Donald Trump, two airlines in Vietnam, specifically Vietjet and Bamboo Airways, have placed orders for 110 Boeing aircraft.
Breaking the deal down, the order consists of 80 737 MAX 10s and 20 MAX 8s, making the airline the largest customer for the largest 737 model in Asia.
This new deal takes Vietjet’s total 737 MAX order with Boeing to 200 aircraft, which the airline will use too expand their network and meet the increasing demand across Asia.
Madam Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, President and CEO of Vietjet, reflected on the order in the following statement:
“The deal for 200 Boeing 737 MAX airplanes today is an important move for us to keep up with our international flight network expansion plan with a higher capacity, thus offering our passengers with more exciting experiences when being able to fly to more international destinations.”
Additionally, Vietjet has signed an agreement with Boeing for technical and engineering expertise, which includes aids in pilot training and technicians as well as on the management side of things.
All Boeing 737 MAX Family aircraft are powered by the CFM International LEAP-1B engines, which also power the Airbus A320neo Family and Comac C919.
Bamboo Airways has firmed an order for ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners in a deal worth $3 billion at list prices.
The order, which was previously listed as unidentified, was also attended by President Trump and Nguyen Phu Trong.
Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group and Owner of Bamboo Airways, reflected on the deal in the following statement:
“We are very excited to be adding the new 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet. Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe and North America and the Dreamliner will enable us to launch these long-haul operations.”
Bamboo Airways is a startup airline and has only just recently commenced operations. Although the airline is only serving domestic flights at this time, their ultimate goal is to expand to 40 routes in 2019, including various international routes.
No decision has been made as to whether the aircraft will be powered by General Electric or Rolls-Royce engines.