Boeing is expected to see a flurry of orders from Vietnamese airlines during the Trump-Kim summit. President Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un are meeting in Hanoi this week to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and a potential end of international sanctions against North Korea.
Which Vietnamese airlines will order aircraft from Boeing?
First of all, there is Bamboo Airways. Bamboo Airways has already placed orders for 20 Boeing 787 Dreamliners. Nonetheless, the airline will order another 10 Boeing 787s during the summit. It will most likely take delivery of its first Boeing 787 in the second half of 2020.
As reported by Simple Flying, Bamboo Airways just launched operations in January with an Airbus A319. Currently, the airline operates an all-Airbus fleet (one Airbus A319, four Airbus A320, and one Airbus A321). Vietnam’s newest air carrier is also awaiting the delivery of 23 additional Airbus A321neo aircraft.
Bamboo Airways is planning on launching flights to the United States at the end of this year or early next year. The FAA just granted a Category 1 safety rating to Vietnam earlier this month. According to the FAA, this means that “Vietnamese air carriers that are able to secure the requisite FAA and DOT authority can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.” Accordingly, Bamboo Airways will be able to move forward with its plans in the not too distant future.
Vietnam’s low-cost carrier VietJet, on the other hand, will reportedly finalize a deal for 100 Boeing 737 MAXs this week. The airline had signed an order contract for the aircraft at last year’s Farnborough Air Show. This deal is worth about $12.7 billion.
The low-cost carrier had already ordered 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft when former President Barack Obama visited Vietnam back in 2016.
Currently, the airline operates an all-Airbus fleet (23 A320-200s, 34 A321-200s, and 7 A321neos) and has an additional 115 A321neos on order.
VietJet is also considering launching service to the United States; however, the airline has not ordered any wide-body aircraft yet.
Last but not least, we have Vietnam Airlines. Vietnam’s flag carrier is thinking about signing a deal for 50 to 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. In addition, the airline is also considering the purchase of additional long-haul aircraft. However, it has not decided if it will acquire Airbus or Boeing widebodies.
Evidently, Vietnam Airlines would also like to advantage of the Category 1 safety rating granted by the FAA and start flights to California.
Vietnam Airlines currently has 8 Boeing 787-10 aircraft on order. The airline is expected to take delivery of the first of these aircraft later this year.
Although the Boeing 737 MAX deal will not happen this week, there is a pretty good chance that it might happen later this year.
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