VietJetAir Sticking with Airbus says Leahy

Low-cost carrier VietJetAir remains committed to Airbus despite its recent deal with bitter rival Boeing, according to the European manufacturer’s Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy.

Boeing and VietJetAir – currently an all-Airbus operator – announced a surprise deal for 100 737 MAX 200s on May 23, during an official state visit to Vietnam by US President Barack Obama.

“We were disappointed in VietJet[Air],” Leahy told Airliner World during the recent Airbus Innovation Days 2016 event at the company’s Hamburg/Finkenwerder site.  “There was clearly some political implication.  They did get a very, very, very good price from Boeing on that package.  We chose not to go after Boeing on the pricing.”

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Airbus’ Chief Operating Officer – Customers, John Leahy.  (Key – James Ronayne)

Leahy said he had spoken to VietJetAir and was reassured the airline is committed to its outstanding orders with Airbus.  At the end of April, the carrier had a fleet of 27 A320ceos and five A321ceos, with two A320ceos, 19 A321ceos, 42 A320neos and 21 A321neos on order.

“We wanted to know what VietJet[Air]’s plans were,” explained Leahy.  “They said ‘no, we’re staying with Airbus – we have the right with Boeing to lease these aircraft out’, so we will see.  They have assured us they have absolutely no intention of replacing Airbus airplanes with Boeing airplanes.”

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