Vietjet welcomes first A321neo aircraft

The A321neo, registered as VN-646, was transferred to Vietjet at Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany before heading to Vietnam.

KUCHING: Vietjet has become the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of an A321neo (new engine option) upon arrival of the Airbus aircraft which landed at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Hamburg (Germany).

The A321neo aircraft, registered as VN-646, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation of GTF engines.

“The A320 family aircraft has greatly contributed to Vietjet’s impressive operation performances with the airline’s technical reliability rate standing at 99.6 per cent in 2017. The aircraft has also helped us maintain some of the lowest operating costs in the aviation industry,” said Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet president and CEO.

“The upgraded A321neo deal once again emphasises Vietjet’s ceaseless efforts to modernise our fleet.  We believe that the technical reliability rate and other operation and safety indexes will continue to go up in order to bring maximum comfort, joy and safety to our valued passengers.”

The new aircraft will begin operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam in January 2018. Upon receiving the aircraft, Vietjet also announced its decision to upgrade an existing order for 42 A320neo aircrafts to the superior and larger A321neo models.

Accordingly, the airline now has a total of 73 A321neo and 11 A321ceo on order for future delivery.

“We are proud when a dynamic airline like Vietjet endorses our products,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus chief operating officer and President Commercial Aircraft.

“The A321neo combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency. This aircraft will be a real asset in Vietjet’s expansion plans in such a competitive market.” The brand new A321neo aircraft incorporates the latest engine design, advanced aerodynamics and cabin innovations.

According to the aircraft manufacturer, its GTF engines offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption — at least 16 percent from day one and 20 percent by 2020 — as well 75 per cent reduction in noise and 50 per cent in emissions.

The engines were first introduced by Pratt & Whitney in 2016. Vietjet is one of the very first airlines in the world to incorporate these engines in its aircraft.

The A321neo aircraft is also the 17th aircraft delivered to Vietjet from Airbus in 2017.

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