By: AirTravellerPH Staff
Vientnamese budget airline Vietjet has announced a firm order of fifteen Airbus A321XLR and the conversion of five A321NEO from its existing backlog. The airline also signed a new training agreement with Airbus Services. The announcement was made at Airbus headquarters at Toulouse by Vietjet President and Chief Executive Officer Thi Phuong Thao.
In a press release by Airbus, Vietjet will be among the first airlines to receive the Airbus A321XLR. This will allow the airline to fly longer routes like Australia and Russia destinations using narrow-body aircraft.
Thao said, "Vietjet has always been a pioneer in operating new, modern, advanced and fuel-efficient aircraft. We are proud of operating one of the world’s youngest Airbus fleets with an average age of only 2.7 years and this has contributed greatly to Vietjet’s success over the past years. Following the signing of this contract, the new A321XLR will be the perfect upgrade to Vietjet’s fleet as we look to grow our international flight network.”
Airbus CEO Guillaume Faury said, "Vietjet is one of the fastest growing carriers in the Asian region and we feel proud to have the A321XLR joining its fleet."
“This order is another strong endorsement of our decision to bring true long range capability to the singe-aisle market with the A321XLR, enabling airlines to extend their networks at the lowest possible cost. Furthermore, we are also pleased to develop further our collaboration with Vietjet in the area of training," Faury continued.
Including this present order, Vietjet has a total of 186 A320 family aircraft order where 60 aircraft has already been delivered. The existing backlog primarily consists of A321NEO aircraft.
The Airbus A321XLR can fly a total range of 4,700nm with the addition of a permanent center fuel tank and an improved landing gear for higher MTOW. The A321XLR has been a popular choice among Asian carriers.