Vietnam Airlines made a significant announcement today, revealing its choice of the 737 MAX family to bolster its single-aisle aircraft fleet. The airline has committed to ordering 50 of the 737-8 planes, citing their superior fuel efficiency and environmental credentials, which align well with Vietnam's burgeoning aviation sector. This commitment was disclosed during a formal signing event held on Monday, September 11, in the presence of President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House representatives, and Vietnamese government dignitaries.
American and Vietnamese officials said that this commitment will create more jobs in both countries and make their economic partnership even stronger. Boeing has a long history of working with Vietnam's civil aviation industry, and the 737 MAX planes will help Vietnam achieve its goal of becoming a top aviation hub.
"In line with Vietnam Airlines' 2025-2030 fleet strategy and a vision to 2035, aircraft investment is a crucial project that underpins positive recovery momentum and prosperous outlook for the airline, said Dang Ngoc Hoa, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines. "The new narrow-body fleet will allow us to foster our overall development and extend our high-quality service on Vietnam Airlines' domestic and Asian routes, as well as modernize our fuel-efficient fleet."
"Southeast Asia is one of the world's fastest growing aviation markets, and the 737 MAX is the perfect airplane for Vietnam Airlines to efficiently meet that regional demand," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "We value our historic partnership with Vietnam Airlines, dating back to 1995 when the airline first leased 767s."