General Aviation > Civil Aviation News

The Civil Aviation surprise of the year.


Vietnam Air Signs Deal For 4 Airbus A380s
November 13, 2009

Vietnam Airlines has agreed to buy four A380 superjumbos, from Airbus in a deal worth almost USD$1.8 billion.

Vietnam Airlines will be the first new customer for the A380 aircraft since 2006, according to a list of deals signed between France and Vietnam during a visit to Hanoi by the French Prime Minister.

In addition to the A380s, the deal includes two A350XWB-900 wide-body planes.

The agreement between the flag carrier and Airbus also includes an industrial partnership to build certain parts for Airbus and the establishment of a pilot and engineer training centre in the country.

The deal is a boost for Airbus on the eve of the Dubai air show at which it will scrap with US rival Boeing for a thin pile of orders due to the global economic crisis.

Vietnam Air officials have recently expressed concern about production delays to its order of 16 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

At a time when virtually no airline is showing a profit, Air Viet Nam appears to be set to become a major player in the game.

The carrier had intended to use the aircraft to serve its long haul services including direct flights to the United States.


[0] Message Index

Go to full version