Toulouse - Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its 14th and the last Airbus A350-900 with a special ceremony held in Toulouse.
The aircraft registered VN-A899 is the last copy of an order that was placed for 14 Airbus A350-900 by the Vietnamese flag carrier.
“The Airbus aircraft account for nearly 90% of our fleet, which demonstrates Airbus’ enormous contribution to Vietnam Airlines’ success. Today's event marks an important milestone for Vietnam Airlines’ and Airbus’ enduring relationship, which provides us with unparalleled opportunities for future growth through the operation of newer, more efficient and suitable aircraft,” said Duong Tri Thanh, President, and CEO of Vietnam Airlines.
“We are delighted to celebrate Vietnam Airlines’ 14th A350-900. For everyone at Airbus, it has been a great source of pride and satisfaction to see the A350 flying in Vietnam Airlines’ distinctive colors. We are proud that Airbus aircraft have served as a platform for the airline to grow at home and abroad, and contributed to the development of the Vietnamese economy," said Jean-François Laval, Executive Vice President Asia of Airbus.
Vietnam Airlines received its first Airbus A350-900 in July 2015, making the company the first airline to operate Airbus's newest generation widebody jet in Southeast Asia, and the second in the world.
The airline's A350-900 fleet has been serving on more than 30 domestic and international routes, including the transcontinental routes to Europe, Australia, and Northeast Asia since then.
The A350-900s of Vietnam Airlines carried out around 35,000 flights and transported nearly 9 million passengers in this period.