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A Vietnamese budget airline, which was launched just four years ago, was the top newsmaker on the third of the Dubai Airshow.
The Ho Chi Minh City-based Vietjet announced an order for 30 Airbus A321s.
“Today’s order for additional A321s responds to our growth strategy and to the need for additional seat capacity on both domestic and international routes,” said Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, president and CEO
“Our aim is to be Vietnam and Asia’s new-age carrier, known for quality, efficiency and comfort and our A320 fleet has earned us this reputation.”
Vietjet already operates a fleet of 29 A320s and with Tuesday’s announcement, the airline has placed firm orders for a total of 99 A320 family aircraft.
Airbus also won an order from Oman Air to upgrade the cabins of its A330s.
This interior modernization will harmonize the airline’s business class cabins across its long range fleet and ensure the latest standards in its in-service A330s, Airbus said.
The project is to be completed next year.
In other show news:
Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik AG unveiled their new VIP cabin design to initial customers.
The two German companies said they had been working on the design since it was first announced at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva in May.
“The floor plan presented here visualizes the typical Mercedes-Benz modern luxury combined with Lufthansa Technik’s highest quality design approach,” said Walter Heerdt, senior vice-president at Lufthansa Technik.
“The result is a unique, organic and functional design for a modern VIP Jet. Together with Lufthansa Technik’s latest in-flight communication and entertainment innovations, the new cabin will be ideal for global players wishing to travel in style.”
The images are courtesy of Airbus and Lufthansa Technik.