Vietjet Air has signed a deal for 100 B737 Max 200 aircraft, and expects to start taking delivery from 2019.
The deal, which is the largest order by any Vietnamese airline, is worth US$11.3 billion at list price. It also represents the carrier’s first Boeing order – as it currently operates an all-Airbus fleet.
The B737 Max 200 is a high-density variant of the B737 Max 8 aircraft, making it a good fit for a low-cost carrier like Vietjet. The manufacturer has also configured the aircraft with an additional 11 seats – boosting overall capacity to 200.
The signing of the landmark aircraft order, witnessed by US president Barack Obama, represents an improvement in US–Vietnam ties. Both nations are talking about granting one-year, multiple-entry visas for short-term business and tourism travellers from both countries. Both parties are also looking to implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a 12-nation pact that seeks to streamline trade and investment to promote economic growth and development.
Vietjet has implemented an aggressive and highly successful growth strategy since it started business in 2011. The Centre of Aviation reports that the company has already captured 40 per cent of the country’s domestic airline market, and is poised to overtake Vietnam Airlines later this year as the largest domestic carrier.
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