Vietnam Airlines has taken delivery of the first of eight Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners it will receive via lease from Air Lease Corporation.
The Vietnamese flag carrier plans to put the 787-10 on the busiest routes in its expanding network, utilising its fuel efficiency.
The new 787-10 will complement Vietnam Airlines’ existing fleet of 787-9 aircraft. The 787-10 is longer than the 787-9, providing the space to carry 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 class).
Vietnam Airlines chairman of the board of directors, Pham Ngoc Minh said: “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.
“We appreciate the unbeatable efficiency performance with reduced fuel burn and outstanding passenger comfort and amenities.
“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.”
With the delivery to Vietnam Airlines, the 787-10 continues to expand its global presence. More than 30 of this Dreamliner model have been delivered to six operators since the aircraft entered commercial service last year. Airlines are deploying the 787-10 around the world, especially in Asia as it is home to more than half of all 787-10 destinations.