Posted on: 23 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
The delivery of Airbus’s 9,000th aircraft, an Airbus A321, has been celebrated with a ceremony in Hamburg as it becomes VietJetAir’s first aircraft of the type, joining the carrier’s fleet of 22 A320 family aircraft.
The A321 is the first of seven ordered by VietJetAir as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 family aircraft, which was announced in early 2014.
“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in the Asia-Pacific,” commented Luu Duc Khanh, VietJetAir’s MD. “Based on our proven experience, we are confident that our decision to operate an all Airbus fleet will bring us unbeatable economies of scale while offering our passengers a comfortable travel experience. It will be a great honour for us to welcome the 9,000th Airbus aircraft to its new home in sunny Vietnam.”
Airbus’s 9,000th delivery comes less than two years after the OEM reached its 8,000 aircraft-delivered milestone in August 2013. Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year.
“The delivery of our 9,000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” remarked John Leahy, COO–customers at Airbus. “We are especially pleased to be delivering today’s aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region. With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefitting from the lowest operating costs of any single-aisle aircraft.”