Posted on: 23 May 2016 by Mark Howells
VietJet and Boeing have finalised an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft valued at approximately US$11.3 billion at current list prices.
The order, which will see VietJet increase its fleet to more than 200 aircraft by the end of 2023, marks the largest ever single commercial aircraft purchase in Vietnam aviation. The new 737 MAX 200s are scheduled to be delivered from 2019 onwards.
“VietJet is efficiently operating a fleet of narrow-body airplanes. Our investment in a fleet of B737 Max 200 will accommodate our strategy of growing Vietjet's coming international route network including long-haul flights,” commented VietJet’s president and CEO, Nguy?n Th? Ph??ng Th?o. “Through this agreement, Vietjet will contribute increasing bilateral trade turnover between Vietnam and the United States, as well as the integration and development of the aviation industry in Vietnam.”
“Boeing is proud to again play an integral role in advancing Vietnam’s aviation industry. We’re honoured to be joined by President Quang and President Obama for this historic milestone and order of 100 737 MAX 200 airplanes,” commented president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Ray Conner. “Incorporating the latest design and technology features, the highly efficient 737 MAX 200 will provide Vietjet’s growing network with market-leading economics, a superior passenger experience and contribute significantly to their future success.”
The signing ceremony, conducted by Vietjet's president and CEO, Nguy?n Th? Ph??ng Th?o, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes' president and CEO, Ray Conner, took place at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi. It was witnessed by Tr?n ??i Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and US President Barack Obama.