Bangkok (Thailand) – February 28, 2019 (travelindex.com) – At midday today at Vietnam’s Presidential Palace in Hanoi, the new age carrier Vietjet and the airplane manufacturer Boeing Company officially signed a deal for purchasing 100 new 737 MAX airplanes worth around THB400 billion (US$12.7 billion)- according to the manufacturer’s list prices, increasing the airline’s total order of Boeing to 200 airplanes at the moment.
Vietjet President and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister signed the airplane purchase deal, witnessed by Vietnamese Communist Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and US President Donald Trump. The event took place during the historic second United States – North Korea Summit in Hanoi between the two countries’ leaders.
Speaking at the ceremony, Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Kevin McAllister said, “We are pleased to expand our partnership with Vietjet and to support their impressive growth with new, advanced airplanes such as the 737 MAX. We are confident the MAX will help Vietjet grow more efficiently and provide great travel experiences for their passengers. We are proud to support this economic development, which in turn supports engineering and manufacturing jobs in the United States.”
Vietjet President and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said, “The deal for 100 new airplanes and other agreements for 200 B737 MAX airplanes today are important moves for us to meet our international flight network expansion plan with a higher capacity, thus offering our passengers more exciting experiences when being able to fly to more new international destinations.”
The Vietnamese airlines Thailand-based subsidiary, Thai Vietjet Air Joint Stock Company Limited, operates a growing flight network in Thailand and Vietnam. A dynamic company of over 600 employees that began offering flights in 2015, Thai Vietjet operates five major domestic routes in Thailand and 12 international routes linking Thailand to Vietnam, China and Taiwan. Operating a young fleet of Airbus A320s and A321s, the airline plans to add eight to 10 aircraft every year and extending its network to destinations in ASEAN, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and beyond.
In addition to airplane purchases, Boeing will partner with Vietjet to enhance technical and engineering expertise, train pilots and technicians, and improve management capabilities at the airline and in Vietnam.
Vietjet and General Electric also signed a long-term Engine Support Agreement today, to equip aircraft with LEAP-1B engines, which is valued at US$5.3 billion – according to the manufacturer’s list prices. The agreement includes spare engines and support packages to facilitate the airline’s already-ordered new and modern aircraft. Thus, the total value of signed deals between Vietjet and US companies on this occasion will reach US$18 billion.
Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline offering flexibly-saving ticket fares and diversified services to meet customers’ demands. It provides not only transport services but also uses the latest e-commerce technologies to offer various products and services for consumers. Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate. Vietjet was named “Best Ultra Low-Cost Airline 2018” and awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7-stars in 2018 by the world’s only safety and product rating website AirlineRatings.com. The airline has been also listed in the world’s 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018.
Currently, Vietjet operates more than 400 flights daily, carrying more than 65 million passengers to date, with 106 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Cambodia.