Vietnam Airlines grounds Airbus A330 fleet

Created 12 September 2019
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Vietnam Airlines has stopped operating the wide-bodied Airbus A330 aircraft as it seeks to upgrade its fleet with newer models.

Vietnam Airlines grounds Airbus A330 fleet

Since joining the national flag carrier’s fleet in October 2006, the 269-seat A330 planes have served almost 20 million passengers in almost 96,000 flights, the airline said in a statement Wednesday.

With up to 12 aircraft at their peak, the A330s were mainly used for mid-range flights like Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City and long-range flights to Europe, Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia.

The decision to cease using this model is part of the national flag carrier’s plan to upgrade its wide-body fleet to newer models like the 305-seat Airbus A350, which it said would reduce fuel consumption, maintenance costs, and harmful emissions.

It is already operating the Boeing 787-9 and the Boeing 787-10, a 367-seater that it received last month.

Vietnam Airlines, which has been cleared to this month, has said earlier it needs at least 34 wide-body aircraft by 2025, and 40 by 2030.

It also plans to invest $3.7 billion in 2021-2025 to get 50 new narrow-body aircraft. It is currently operating 61 narrow-body jets, of which 26 will run out of lease between 2021-2025.

 

Source: VNE

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