15:29 | 23/07/2015 Companies
(VEN) - Vietnam Airlines (VNA) recently held a ceremony to receive its first Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attended the ceremony and joined the takeoff of the new aircraft.
Together with the ceremony, Vietnam Airlines also announced a program to upgrade to a four-star airline and launched the national flag carrier’s new brand identity. This was a special event, marking the development of Vietnam Airlines as part of its efforts to realize its target of becoming one of the leading airlines in Asia by 2020.
Vietnam Airlines has become the first airline in Asia and the second airline in the world to operate the A350 XWB.
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung highly appreciated the cooperation between Vietnam Airlines and Airbus and desired that the two sides will not only continue implementing commercial contracts but also promote cooperation in services, human resource training, repairing and maintenance and helping Vietnamese businesses in the production of A350 aircraft equipment.
The A350 XWB is configured in a premium three-class layout with 29 business, 45 premium economy and 231 economy seats. In addition to wider personal space in every class, the new aircraft also has a modern entertainment and connectivity system.
Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Bregier said, “We are confident that the all-new A350 XWB will enable Vietnam Airlines to consolidate its position as one of Asia’s leading international carriers, bringing its passengers the best the industry has to offer.”
Reservations, buying tickets, in-flight services, after-sales services, staff attitude and supply items will be considered in order to provide a better passenger experience.
Vietnam Airlines Chairman of the Board of Directors Pham Viet Thanh said that the ceremony was a special event, marking a major development for Vietnam Airlines.
Vietnam Airlines and Airbus signed a cooperation agreement on providing technical services for the A350 aircraft. According to the agreement, Airbus will provide spare parts and materials for the A350 fleet for the next 12 years.