Vietnamese budget carrier Vietjet last week took delivery of a brand new A321neo, registered as VN-A600m, in Toulouse (France) in a ceremony featuring the presence of Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and fellow dignitaries from the Vietnamese National Assembly who were on an official state visit to France.
Fitted out with 230 comfortable leather-covered seats and high-quality carpeting, the first five rows of Vietjet’s spacious new A321neo have been especially designed to accommodate passengers who choose to fly Skyboss, the airline’s premium service.
The aircraft’s interior also features a lively lighting system and a striking décor that create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin.
“We are pleased to be the aircraft manufacturer of choice for Vietjet, one of the fastest growing carriers in the Asian region,” said Jean-Francois Laval, executive vice president Sales Asia at Airbus, at the delivery ceremony in France.
“The A321neo with its maximum flexibility, fuel efficiency, and the lowest-possible operating costs in its size category provides an ideal platform for the carrier’s growth. At Airbus, we are honoured to be a key partner of Vietjet, and we look forward to seeing more of our aircraft flying in its colours,” he added.
This A321neo is also the 60thaircraft of its model that Vietjet has received directly from Airbus, among almost 80 aircraft that the airline is operating. The new aircraft will immediately join fleet operations starting this April.
The official visit of the Vietnamese National Assembly chairwoman to the aircraft manufacturer’s factory and other engine manufacturers underscores the significant commitment of Vietnamese leaders in supporting the development of the aviation industry and other affairs related to technology transfer, and strategic co-operation within the industry.
Since its inception in 2011, Vietjet has been a pioneering airline, positively contributing to the development of the national and regional aviation industry.
In the words of Vietjet’s vice president Dinh Viet Phuong, Vietjet is currently operating a fleet of new Airbus A320 family aircraft with an average age of 2.82 years, making it the youngest fleet in the world.
The A320 family aircraft has greatly contributed to Vietjet’s impressive operation performance, including the airline’s technical reliability rate standing high at 99.64 per centin recent years as well as being one of the airlines with the lowest operating costs in the world.
“The delivery of this new A321neo once again emphasises Vietjet’s great efforts to grow and modernise its fleet, so we can continuously contribute to the growth of tourism and economies across the region, while meeting our utmost objective of bringing maximum comfort, joy, and safety to our passengers,” Phuong said.
Vietjet is the first airline in Vietnam to operate as a new-age airline offering flexible, cost-saving ticket fares and diversified services to meet customer demand.
Vietjet is a fully-fledged member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) with an IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certificate.
Vietjet was named “Best Ultra Low-Cost Airline 2018-2019” and awarded the highest ranking for safety with 7 stars in 2018 by the world’s leading safety and product rating website, AirlineRatings.com.
The airline has also been listed as one of the world’s 50 best airlines for healthy financing and operations by Airfinance Journal in 2018.
Currently, Vietjet operates around 400 flights daily, carrying more than 70 million passengers to date, with 108 routes covering destinations across Vietnam and international destinations such as Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, mainland China, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia, and Cambodia.