Vietnam Airlines has achieved a milestone that few airlines in the world achieve, as it received its 100th aircraft this week. Aircraft #100 is a new Boeing 787-10 aircraft and is the third of eight Boeing 787-10 airplanes that will be delivered to the airline between August 2019 and March 2021.
Vietnam Airlines is using its first two Boeing 787-10’s on its Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City to South Korea routes and the airline says that the new aircraft have shown remarkable efficiency in operating more than 140 flights and carrying more than 83,000 passengers on those flights.
|Vietnam Airlines – Airplane #100 in flight|
Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Board of directors of Vietnam Airlines, said on the acceptance of the new aircraft that, “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, a senior vice president at Boeing also commented on the new delivery and said, “This milestone delivery is a great symbol of the rising fortunes of Vietnam Airlines. The carrier has grown steadily and profitably as it has connected Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, and other great cities with the world. At Boeing, we are honored to be long-standing partners of Vietnam Airlines, from the lease of three 767-300ER’s nearly 25 years ago to the delivery of the most efficient wide-body airplane today, the 787-10 Dreamliner,”
As with its other 787-10 planes, Vietnam Airlines plans to put the new aircraft into use immediately and will use it on other medium and long-haul international flights.