LOW-COST CARRIER VietJetAir has finalised an $11.3bn deal for 100 Boeing 737 MAX 200s, the largest single commercial aircraft purchase in Vietnam’s aviation history. In an interesting change in strategy, departing from the typical one-type model associated with LCC operations, the carrier is boosting its fleet with the latest variant of the MAX. It becomes only the second airline – after Ryanair – to select the high-density version, which features reconfigured exit rows to enable the jet to accommodate up to 200 passengers in a single-class layout. VietJetAir’s first MAX 200s are scheduled to arrive in 2019 and deliveries will run through until 2023.
VietJetAir’s President and CEO Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo said: “VietJetAir is efficiently operating a fleet of narrowbody aeroplanes. Our investment in a fleet of 737 MAX 200s will accommodate our strategy of growing our future international route network, including the introduction of long-haul flights.”