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VietJet Inks First Widebody Deal at Singapore Airshow

VietJet, Vietnam's budget carrier, inks deal for 20 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft.

A VietJet A330neo rendering (Photo: Airbus)

VietJet Air, Vietnam’s budget carrier, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at the Singapore Airshow on Wednesday to acquire 20 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft. When finalized, this will be Vietjet’s first-ever widebody order. This strategic move signifies a significant leap forward for the airline, modernizing its fleet, expanding its long-haul network, and driving its commitment to sustainability.

The new widebody jets will replace VietJet’s existing fleet of seven leased A330-300s, with deliveries commencing in 2026. According to Airbus, the A330-900s boast enhanced technology and deliver 25% better fuel efficiency, aligning with VietJet’s growing focus on environmental responsibility.

“We are excited to work with VietJet on the next phase of the carrier’s expansion,” said Airbus CEO Christian Scherer in a press release. “The A330neo will enable the airline to achieve the lowest possible operating costs per seat and to continue to offer its customers the best possible value wherever they fly. It will also be the perfect complement to the A321XLRs already on order with the airline, as it spreads its wings to more far-flung destinations.”

Upgrading the Game

The new A330-900s are expected to be deployed on key long-haul routes, enhancing VietJet’s reach beyond its current regional focus. The airline currently operates its A330-300s on routes connecting its hubs in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to destinations like Delhi, Melbourne, and Sydney. Expanding its long-haul network aligns with VietJet’s ambitious growth plans, targeting new markets and catering to a growing demand for affordable long-distance travel.

The official order for the A330-900s is expected to be confirmed by the end of March. This deal marks a significant investment for VietJet, estimated at around $6.1 billion based on list prices.

Powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330-900 boasts a 7,200 nautical mile (13,300 kilometers) range, allowing for non-stop journeys across vast distances. As of January 2024, the A330 Family has garnered 1,771 firm orders from over 130 customers worldwide.

Tolga Karadeniz

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    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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