Vietjet and Boeing have reached an agreement to reaffirm the previously announced order for 200 737 MAX aircraft. Both sides will execute a flexible aircraft delivery schedule to support Vietjet’s growth plans as traffic across the world continues to recover. The first 50 aircraft will be delivered to Thai Vietjet, the affiliate company of Vietjet in Thailand. As part of the agreement, Boeing is committed to supporting Vietjet with technical services, training, technology transfer, research & development (R&D), to ensure lasting and sustainable growth with the highest levels of efficiency, reliability, and affordability.
“We are honoured to continue our partnership with Vietjet to drive affordable passenger service in one of the world’s fastest-growing aviation regions,” said John Bruns, Vice President, India & Southeast Asia Sales & Marketing, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The 737 Max, with its efficiency, flexibility, and capability, will support Vietjet’s goal to grow its route network in Asia and beyond.”
Vietjet and Boeing earlier signed order deals totalling 200 B737 Max with a maintenance and technical support package. The first order for 100 B737 Max was announced in 2016, being a remarkable deal for one of the most modern aircraft models at the time. In 2019, both parties increased the total order to 200 aircraft, making the order a record for Boeing.
Vietjet Managing Director Dinh Viet Phuong, said: “Today’s agreement is a milestone in the long-standing and trustful relation between Vietjet and Boeing as well as the Vietnam – U.S trade relation. Taking into account of the recent aviation infrastructure contraints in Vietnam, the first 50 aircraft will be delivered to Thai Vietjet, embedded with Vietjet’s signature livery. These Boeing aircraft will soon take off to Thai sky with investment from international finance resources.”
Vietjet’s order is expected to bring 200,000 jobs to the U.S labor market and totally creates a value worth around US$35 billion, including also aircraft orders and engine engineering services.
Vietjet to operate more Rolls-Royce Trent-700-powered A330s
Vietjet and Rolls-Royce have signed a contract to provide the Trent 700 engines and TotalCare, Rolls-Royce’s technical and maintenance engine services, to power up to 10 A330 aircraft. The Trent 700 is the engine specifically designed for this A330 aircraft and is widely recognised for its outstanding efficiency and reliability. With more than 65 million hours in service, the Trent 700 offers airlines world-class reliability, with a 99.9 percent dispatch rate. The engine will be optimised with TotalCare services, providing enhanced aircraft availability and operational certainty for the entire A330 fleet.
Ewen McDonald, Rolls-Royce Civil Aerospace, Chief Customer Officer, said: “We are delighted to execute this service agreement with Vietjet as the airline begins operating widebody aircraft and expands its network into long-haul operations. We look forward to supporting their Trent 700 fleet for many years.”
Vietjet put its first A330 aircraft into service in late 2021 and currently has two A330s in its fleet. The airline will continue growing its widebody fleet to better serve its expanding international flight network in the coming time.