|A Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner takes off. Vietnam Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner on August 15 – PHOTO: COURTESY OF VNA
Boeing delivered the first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes to VNA under a lease agreement with Air Lease Corporation, with plans to put its newest jet on the busiest routes in VNA’s expanding network.
The new 787-10 is expected to complement VNA’s existing fleet of 787-9 jets. These two jet types boast the Dreamliner’s efficient technology and passenger-pleasing comforts.
The 787-10, which is longer than the 787-9, provides additional space for 40 more passengers and additional cargo. Also, it offers the lowest operating costs per seat of any twin-aisle jet in service.
The jet is equipped with 367 seats, including 24 in business class and 343 in economy class. In addition to its size and fuel efficiency, the 787-10 can cover long distances.
“Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia, and also adds a competitive edge to VNA’s operations. We appreciate the unbeatable efficiency performance with reduced fuel burn and outstanding passenger comfort and amenities,” said Pham Ngoc Minh, chairman of VNA.
In VNA’s bid to become a five-star carrier, the Boeing 787-10 fleet is expected to further improve customer experience on the Hanoi-HCMC route, as well as many international routes, Minh added.
With the delivery to VNA, the 787-10 continues to expand its global presence. Over 30 of this Dreamliner model have been delivered to six operators since the aircraft was put into commercial service last year.The jet is operated widely by many airlines around the world, especially in Asia.
VNA uses Boeing Global Services solutions, such as Airplane Health Management (AHM), to capture real-time flight data and enable predictive maintenance, aiming to optimize the performance of its 787 fleet. AHM is powered by Boeing AnalytX, a collection of software and consulting services that transforms raw data to provide greater efficiencies during every phase of all flights.