National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines on October 22 took delivery of its 100th aircraft at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.
This is the third of the eight Boeing 787-10 planes to be handed over to Vietnam Airlines from August this year to March 2021.
Within two months, Vietnam Airlines’ first two Boeing 787-10s, the largest aircraft in the country, conducted nearly 140 flights, transporting more than 83,000 passengers on routes between Hanoi and HCMC and between Vietnam and South Korea.
Vietnam Airlines currently has the second largest fleet of wide-body Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft in Southeast Asia, with 14 Airbus A350-900s, 11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and three Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners.
While the carrier’s wide-body aircraft are mainly used on long-haul domestic and international routes, narrow-body ones, such as its 52 Airbus A321s, 14 Airbus A321neos and six ATR-72s, have proven to be more effective on short-haul routes and those with lower travel demand or for trips to airports with limited infrastructure.
The new-generation aircraft fleet has helped Vietnam Airlines improve its capacity, helping it move toward its target to become a five-star airline. It will gradually upgrade its aircraft fleet, replacing those that have been used for more than 12 years with new-generation narrow-body aircraft and jetliners.