NORTH CHARLESTON, South Carolina - The first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes has been delivered to Vietnam Airlines.
The Southeast Asian carrier has secured the plane on lease from Air Lease Corporation (ALC).
The Vietnamese national airline plans to put the 787-10, claimed by its maker Boeing to be the most fuel-efficient twin-aisle airplane in the industry, on the busiest routes in its expanding network.
"Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia and also adds a competitive edge to Vietnam Airlines' operations" said Pham Ngoc Minh, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Vietnam Airlines said Friday. "On our journey to become a 5-star airline, we are confident that the Boeing 787-10 fleet will further elevate the customer experience on the Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh route as well as many international routes."
The new 787-10 will complement Vietnam Airlines' existing fleet of 787-9 jets. The 787-10 is longer than the 787-9, imncreasing the capacity to 40 more passengers and more cargo. Vietnam Airlines is outfitting its 787-10 models with 367 seats (24 in business class and 343 in economy). With a published range of 6,430 nautical miles (11,910 km), the 787-10 can fly more than 95 percent of the world's twin-aisle routes.
"ALC is extremely pleased to announce this important first 787-10 delivery to Vietnam Airlines with Boeing and be the first lessor to introduce the airline to the -10," Steven F. Udvar-Hazy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation said Friday. "This first of eight 787-10s from ALC will significantly contribute to Vietnam Airlines' ongoing major widebody fleet upgrade with the latest technology."
More than 30 Dreamliner 787-10 planes have been delivered to six operators since the airplane entered commercial service last year. More than half of the planes have been deployed in Asia.
"Vietnam Airlines has achieved impressive growth in recent years and helped power the rapid rise of commercial aviation in Southeast Asia. We see even greater potential ahead and the 787-10 brings the perfect combination of size and efficiency for Vietnam Airlines to serve high-demand routes, while the longer-range 787-9 delivers the flexibility to connect the world's major cities with popular destinations in Vietnam and surrounding countries," Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing of The Boeing Company said Friday.
To optimize the performance of its 787 fleet, Vietnam Airlines uses Boeing Global Services solutions such as Airplane Health Management (AHM) to capture real-time flight data and enable predictive maintenance. AHM is powered by Boeing AnalytX, a collection of software and consulting services that transform raw data into greater efficiency during every phase of flight.
Vietnam Airlines operates 95 routes to twenty-two domestic and 29 international destinations, with an average of 400 flights per day.
ALC is a major aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles, California, is principally engaged in purchasing commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline customers worldwide through customized aircraft leasing.
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