Vietnamese low-cost carrier VietJet Air has placed an order for 100 Boeing 737 MAX, bringing its total order for the aircraft type to 200.
The firm order was signed during the North Korea summit in Vietnam’s capital city Hanoi on Wednesday, in attendance of Vietnamese president Nguyen Phu Trong and US president Donald Trump.
This order, for which VietJet signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during Farnborough Airshow 2018, includes 80 of the longer Boeing 737 MAX 10, as well as 20 737 MAX 8. It has a total value of US $12.7 billion, according to list prices, and was previously listed on Boeing’s orders & deliveries website as ‘unidentified’. Combined with its existing order for 100 737 MAX 8 (placed in 2016), the carrier is now Asia’s largest customer for the Boeing 737 MAX family.
Fast-growing VietJet currently operates 64 short haul aircraft, consisting of Airbus A320, A321 and A321neo. In November 2018, the airline signed for another 50 Airbus A321neo, bringing its remaining orders for this aircraft type to 115.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.