History was made on 30 June 2015 with Airbus’ delivery of the no. 1 A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines, which acquired its milestone aircraft on lease from Amsterdam-based AerCap. In doing so, Vietnam Airlines became the second operator of the game-changing “Xtra Wide Body” jetliner.
Relive the excitement by reviewing this dedicated website, which includes photos, video clips, news articles and more details related to the high-profile handover.
The world’s second airline to fly the A350 XWB in commercial service will be Vietnam Airlines, which is operating its initial highly-efficient next-generation widebody on lease from AerCap
The initial A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines in flight: This highly-efficient jetliner will be operated on lease from AerCap for the carrier’s long-haul routes
Vietnam Airlines will initiate commercial service with its first A350-900 jetliner – which is being operated on lease from AerCap – on domestic routes, before commencing regular non-stop service from Hanoi to Paris
At the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse, France, the distinctive blue and gold lotus livery of Vietnam Airlines is painted on the carrier’s first A350 XWB aircraft, which is being operated on lease from AerCap
The no. 1 A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines is configured in a premium three-class layout with 29 seats in Business Class, 45 in Premium Economy and 231 in Economy – featuring more space in all classes and the latest in-flight entertainment and connectivity systems throughout
“The size of the A350-900 XWB responds very well to our expected traffic growth over the next decade” – Mr Nguyen Sy Hung, Chairman of Vietnam Airlines