|Vietnam Airlines A350 XWB. Photo: Airbus|
[Avionics Today 06-30-2015] Vietnam Airlines has become the second airline in the world to operate the Airbus A350 XWB, following Qatar Airways. Airbus delivered the A350-900 aircraft to global lessor AerCap on lease to the airline for operation on long haul routes. Altogether, Vietnam Airlines is set to acquire 14 A350 XWBs, including 10 ordered from Airbus and four from lessors.
Vietnam Airlines will inaugurate commercial service with the A350 XWB later this week, initially on the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh domestic sector and then on non-stop flights from Hanoi to Paris.
“The arrival of the A350 XWB marks the start of a major upgrade of our long haul fleet,” said Trinh Ngoc Thanh, executive vice president of commercial operations at Vietnam Airlines.