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Vietjet signs MoU for 20 A330-900s

Vietjet Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus for the purchase of 20 A330-900 widebodies.

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When finalised, this will be Vietjet’s first-ever widebody order. The aircraft will be operated on the carrier’s growing long range network, as well as on high capacity regional services. They will replace the carrier’s current fleet of leased A330-300s, as well as providing for network expansion.

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Vietjet Chief Executive Officer Dinh Viet Phuong said: "The new A330neo aircraft is a strategic addition to comprehensively modernise Vietjet's fleet, enhancing operational capabilities to support our global flight network expansion plan. Its fuel-efficient new-generation design aligns with our sustainable development strategy.

"The combination of modern Trent 7000 engines on the newest generation of Airbus A330neo will help Vietjet Air reach new technological heights, improve the quality of our flights and increase the reliability and efficiency of our operations. Specifically, the addition of newest generation, high-efficiency Rolls-Royce engines will contribute significantly to Vietjet Air’s ESG plan to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.”

Christian Scherer, CEO of the Commercial Aircraft business of Airbus, said: “We are excited to work with Vietjet on the next phase of the carrier's expansion. The A330neo will enable the airline to achieve the lowest possible operating costs per seat. 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.”

Powered by the latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, the A330-900 is capable of flying 7,200 nm / 13,300 km non-stop.

Ewen McDonald, Chief Customer Officer, Rolls-Royce – Civil Aerospace, said: "Today’s commitment demonstrates Vietjet Air’s confidence in the power of the Trent 7000 to deliver significant sustainability gains alongside a reliable and consistent customer experience. We are proud to continue supporting Vietjet Air as they expand their operation responsibly and sustainably over the coming years.”

At the end of January 2024, the A330 Family had accumulated 1,771 firm orders from more than 130 customers worldwide.
 

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