Hanoi - Vietnam Airlines retired its last two older generation Airbus A330. The airline's widebody fleet now comprises only latest-generation aircraft from Airbus and Boeing.
The 269-seat A330s carried nearly 20 million passengers in 96,000 flights since they joined Vietnam Airlines, the airline said in a statement on Sept. 11.
Vietnam's flag carrier historically operated 12 Airbus A330 in total (six A330-200 and six A330-300). They were mainly operated on domestic mid-haul routes such as Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City and long-haul international routes to Europe, Northeast Asia, and Southeast Asia.
The airline began to phase out its A330s with the arrival of more modern and efficient widebodies. Vietnamese carrier currently operates 14 A350-900, 11 Boeing 787-9 and one Boeing 787-10 that was received last month.
Earlier this month, the country's flag carrier has become the first airline in Vietnam to secure a license from the US authorities for direct flights to the United States.
The company is planning to add at least 34 new widebody aircraft to its fleet by 2025, and 40 by 2030 alongside 50 new narrow-body jets.
Vietnam Airlines currently operates 61 narrow-body airplanes (49 A321-200i 12 A321neo), of which leasing terms will expire between 2021-2025.