Vietnam Airlines to decide between Airbus A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX for a mega order

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Hanoi - Vietnam Airlines considers placing a mega order for the Airbus A320neo or Boeing 737 MAX. CEO Duong Tri Thanh says that the company wants to acquire 50-100 aircraft from one of the two types in ten years (from 2020 to 2030).

The new A320neos or Boeing 737 MAXs would be intended to replace older Airbus A321s in the airline's fleet. The state-owned flag carrier of the country must get the approval of the Vietnamese government before placing an order.

At the moment, Vietnam Airlines' single-aisle fleet consists of 57 older generation Airbus A321-200 and four A320neo. Last year in November, the carrier received the first of 18 A321neo on order. Despite this recent fleet expansion with the Airbus' re-engineered A320s, an order from Boeing for MAX family jets is likely.

After the recent permission from the US authorities for Vietnamese airlines to fly to the United States, Vietnam Airlines also considers expanding its widebody fleet. According to Tanh, in addition to the new generation single-aisle jets, the company would like to order at least two Boeing 777X or Airbus A350-1000.

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Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350-900

The current widebody fleet of the company consists of two Airbus A330-200, 12 A50-900 (two more waiting to be delivered), and 11 Boeing 787-9. The operator will take the delivery of its first of eight Boeing 787-10 on order this year.

From 2020, Vietnam Airlines plans to fly from Ho Chi Minh to Los Angeles or San Francisco, initially with a stopover in South Korea or Japan. From 2022 onwards, direct flights will follow.