Vietjet Introduces First A321neo “New-engine Option” Aircraft to Southeast Asia

The A321neo “new engine option”, registered as VN-A646, was transferred to Vietjet at Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany before heading to Vietnam

The A321neo “new engine option”, registered as VN-A646, was transferred to Vietjet at Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany before heading to Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City, 2 January 2017 – Vietjet has become the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of an A321neo (new engine option) after the Airbus aircraft landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Hamburg (Germany). The A321neo, registered as VN-A646, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation GTF engines.

The A321neo, the first of its type in the Southeast Asia, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, increasing the total number of aircraft delivered to Vietjet in 2017 to 17.

The A321neo, the first of its type in the Southeast Asia, arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport, increasing the total number of aircraft delivered to Vietjet in 2017 to 17.

Fitted out with 230 comfy leather-covered seats and high-quality carpeting, the first five rows of Vietjet’s spacious new A321neo have been especially designed to accommodate passengers flying Skyboss, the airline’s premium service. The aircraft’s interior also features a unique color-changing LED light system and striking décor to create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin.

The brand new A321neo incorporates the latest in engine design, advanced aerodynamics and cabin innovations. According to the aircraft manufacturer, its GTF engines offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption — at least 16 percent from day one and 20 percent by 2020 — as well 75% reduction in noise and 50% inemissions. The engines were first introduced by Pratt & Whitney in 2016. Vietjet is one of the very first airlines in the world to incorporate the engines to its aircraft. The A321neo is also the 17th aircraft delivered to Vietjet from Airbus in 2017.

Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (right) together with Vice Presidents: Dinh Viet Phuong (left), Luong The Phuc (middle), Nguyen Duc Tam, Nguyen Duc Thinh, To Viet Thang and staff welcomed the brand-new new aircraft and its delivery delegates.

Vietjet President & CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao (right) together with Vice Presidents: Dinh Viet Phuong (left), Luong The Phuc (middle), Nguyen Duc Tam, Nguyen Duc Thinh, To Viet Thang and staff welcomed the brand-new new aircraft and its delivery delegates.

The new aircraft will begin operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam in January 2018. On receiving the aircraft, Vietjet also announced its decision to upgrade an existing order for 42 A320neo aircraft to the superior, and larger, A321neo models. Accordingly, the airline now has a total of 73 A321neo and 11 A321ceo on order for future delivery.

The aircraft’s interior features a unique color-changing LED light system and striking décor to create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin.

The aircraft’s interior features a unique color-changing LED light system and striking décor to create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin.

“We are proud when a dynamic airline like Vietjet endorses our products,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus Chief Operating Officer and President Commercial Aircraft. “The A321neo combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency. This aircraft will be a real asset in Vietjet’s expansion plans in such a competitive market. We look forward to seeing the A321neo flying in Vietjet colours.”

“The A320 family aircraft has greatly contributed to Vietjet’s impressive operation performances with the airline’s technical reliability rate standing at 99.6% in 2017. The aircraft have also helped us maintain some of the lowest operating costs in the airline world,” said Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, Vietjet President and CEO. “The upgraded A321neo deal once again emphazises Vietjet’s ceaseless efforts to modernize our fleet. We believe that the technical reliability rate and other operation and safety indexes will continue to go up in order to bring maximum comfort, joy and safety to our valued passengers.”

The new aircraft begins operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam right in January 2018.

The new aircraft begins operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam right in January 2018.