Vietnam’s VietJet Plans To Take On Three Airbus A330s

VietJet has announced its plans to take its first steps into the widebody market by operating three leased Airbus A330s. The news comes after the Hanoi-based low-cost carrier agreed on a delivery timeline for its 119 outstanding deliveries of Airbus planes. The A330s will begin arriving this month, offering greater capacity than VietJet’s existing narrowbodies.

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VietJet’s present fleet consists entirely of Airbus planes. Photo: Getty Images

Three A330s inbound

VietJet released a statement earlier this week confirming its intentions to fly the Airbus A330. Forming part of a wider strategic agreement with the manufacturer, the announcement coincides with a state visit to France by the Vietnamese Prime Minister and other delegates. VietJet’s Managing Director, Dinh Viet Phuong, stated that:

I believe that the add-on of the A330s will surely enhance our fleet’s technical reliability, operational efficiency and flight range to better meet travel demand of our flyers in the coming time.”

As it stands, the routes that VietJet will deploy the A330 on are unclear. It may initially use the type to provide greater capacity on existing services. However, the carrier also wants to “expand across continents thanks to its new and modern fleet.” In any case, the airline confirmed that the deliveries of the three leased A330s would begin this month.

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VietJet has chosen to lease the A330s in response to upcoming demand. Photo: Getty Images

Part of a larger strategic agreement

The new strategic co-operation agreement between VietJet and Airbus doesn’t just concern the leasing of the three aforementioned A330s. Indeed, the parties have also taken the opportunity to establish a timeline for the deliveries of 119 outstanding A321neo family orders. According to, this figure comprises 99 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs.

In addition to the delivery plan, the agreement will also see greater co-operation in terms of training and maintenance. Furthermore, with aviation’s environmental footprint in mind, VietJet and Airbus will also work together on “initiatives for fuel efficiency and sustainable development.” Regarding the agreement, Airbus CCO Christian Scherer stated that:

We are pleased to reach this agreement with VietJet. It’s another example of how we have worked together with our customers to find solutions to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. With its modern and efficient Airbus fleet, VietJet will be well equipped to benefit from the rebound in air travel in Asia, where we see strong pent-up demand.”

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VietJet has more than 100 Airbus A321neo series aircraft on order. Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr

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An all-Airbus fleet (for now)

The deliveries of VietJet’s outstanding Airbus orders will see its fleet more than double in size. At present, data from ch-aviation shows that it flies 75 Airbus jets, comprising the A320, A321, and A321neo designs. With such an affinity to the European manufacturer in place, it is unsurprising to see the carrier opt for an Airbus plane for its first widebody.

That being said, VietJet’s fleet is set to diversify with the deliveries of 200 Boeing 737 MAX jets. Of these, over half are examples of the MAX 10 variant. VietJet also plans to receive 66 MAX 8s, as well as 28 examples of the high-density MAX 8 200. With more than 300 planes on order across the two manufacturers, VietJet clearly has big plans for the future.

What do you make of VietJet’s plans to operate the A330? Have you ever flown with the Vietnamese low-cost carrier? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.