VIETNAM AIRLINES has accepted its 100th aircraft, a Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, in a ceremony at the manufacturer’s Charleston plant. The airliner, VN-A873 (c/n 60288), is the third of eight 787-10s the carrier has on order.
The airline pressed its first example into service in mid-August, receiving a second at the end of the same month.
The carrier has sung the praises for the widebody, stating that it has “shown remarkable efficiency”, having operated more than 140 flights and transported approximately 83,000 passengers between Hanoi/Noi Bai and Ho Chi Minh City/Tan Son Nhat and on rotations connecting Vietnam and South Korea.
Pham Ngoc Minh, chairman of Vietnam Airlines, commented: “Delivery of our 100th aircraft has affirmed our leading position, coupled with owning the largest fleet in Vietnam and ranking among the top Asia-Pacific airlines.
This opens up new development opportunities for Vietnam Airlines on its quest to leverage Vietnam’s aviation industry among leading airlines in the region and the world.”
Ihssane Mounir, Boeing’s vice president of commercial sales and marketing, added: “At Boeing, we are honoured to be longstanding partners of Vietnam Airlines, from the lease of three 767-300ERs nearly 25 years ago to the delivery of the most efficient widebody aeroplane today, the 787-10 Dreamliner.”
Vietnam Airlines owns one of the largest widebody Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 fleets in Southeast Asia, second only to Singapore Airlines. (Photo Boeing/Vietnam Airlines)