Canadian Manufacturing

Airbus inks deal for 30 planes with Vietnamese air carrier

The deal includes nine new A321ceos and 21 new A321neos

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Airbus and Vietnamese air carrier Vietjet announced a deal Tuesday for 30 new aircraft easily worth over $3 billion at list prices, the first major commercial deal at the Dubai Airshow.

The deal includes nine new A321ceos and 21 new A321neos. No terms were released for the deal between Airbus Group and Vietjet, though the list prices of the aircraft are more than $3 billion. However, airlines and manufacturers typically negotiate discounts on such deals.

Vietjet, which began operations in 2011, is a regional Asian budget carrier.

“Today’s order for additional A321s responds to our growth strategy and to the need for additional seat capacity on both domestic and international routes,” Vietjet CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said in a statement.

The deal came on the third day of five-day Dubai Airshow, which has seen the event shift in focus from civil aviation to defence spending. On Monday, the United Arab Emirates announced a $1.27 billion deal for upgraded Saab surveillance systems aboard newly acquired Bombardier aircraft.

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