Hanoi, Vietnam - Vietnamese budget carrier VietJet has placed an order for 20 Airbus A321XLR to support its international network expansion.
Five aircraft were converted from a previous A321neo order, while 15 are newly ordered.
Vietnam is one of the fastest-growing aviation markets both in the world and in the Asia-PAcific region. The domestic market of the country heats up with the arrival of new players.
FLC Group, the largest conglomerate of the country, launched Bamboo Airways earlier this year. The Group already ordered 50 A321neo and 30 Boeing 787-9.
Country's other airline operators Vietnam Airlines and Jetstar Pacific Airlines are also expanding their fleets with new airliners.
VietJet aims to extend its operations to the new international destinations with new generation planes.
VietJet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said the order will modernize VietJet’s fleet as the company looks to strongly grow its international route network.
According to the deal signed with the European aircraft manufacturer, VietJet will take delivery of its first A321XLR in 2023 and will be one the first airlines to operate the Airbus's extra-long-range single-aisle jet in the world.
VietJet’s order book currently stands for a total of 128 Airbus jets, including 106 A321neo and 20 A321XLR.
The carrier also has 200 737 MAX series jets (20 737 MAX 8, 80 737 MAX 10, 100 747 MAX 200) on order with Boeing.
In addition to the destinations in its domestic network , the airline also flies to International destinations in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, China, and India.