Vietjet has become the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of an A321neo (new engine option) after the Airbus aircraft landed at Tan Son Nhat International Airport from Hamburg.
The airline said the A321neo, registered as VN-646, is powered by Pratt & Whitney’s latest-generation GTF engines.
The aircraft has been fitted out with 230 leather-covered seats and high-quality carpeting, with the first five rows especially designed to accommodate passengers flying Skyboss, the airline’s premium service. The aircraft’s interior also features a unique colour-changing LED light system and striking décor to create a comfortable and refreshing ambience through the whole cabin, VietJet said in a statement.
The A321neo incorporates the latest in engine design, advanced aerodynamics and cabin innovations. According to the aircraft manufacturer, its GTF engines offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption — at least 16 per cent from day one and 20 per cent by 2020 — as well as a 75 per cent reduction in noise and 50 per cent in emissions
The A321neo was the 17th aircraft delivered to Vietjet from Airbus in 2017.
The new aircraft will begin operating on domestic and international routes to and from Vietnam this month.
On receiving the aircraft, Vietjet also announced its decision to upgrade an existing order for 42 A320neo aircraft to the superior, and larger, A321neo models. Accordingly, the airline now has a total of 73 A321neo and 11 A321ceo on order for future delivery.