VietJetAir to finalise US$6.1 bln deal with Airbus

(VOV) - Low-cost airline VietJetAir’s executive Luu Duc Khanh announced that the company is competing a US$6.1 billion deal with Airbus to purchase 62 aircraft at a Singapore Airlines Show next month.

VietJetAir and Airbus signed a letter of intent last September to buy 62 A320 aircraft and is likely to order an additional 30 planes.

The budget airline became operational in late 2011 and is Vietnam’s first private airline to conduct both international and domestic flights. At present, the carrier flies to 11 destinations in Vietnam and Bangkok (Thailand).

Last year, VietJetAir received its ninth A320 aircraft under a lease purchase contract. The airline has plans to expand its fleet by purchasing 14 A320s and 42 A320Neos by 2015, as well as six other  A321s accommodating 220 passengers.