The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has been rolled out of the Airbus paint shop in Toulouse on Friday 6th March, featuring the airline’s updated distinctive blue and gold lotus livery.
The aircraft, which will be leased from AerCap, is now entering the advanced stage of production. This will include installation of the engines, completion of cabin furnishing, and cockpit fitting, followed by ground and flight tests. The aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year.
Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and after Qatar Airways the second operator in the world. The third operator will be Finnair.
Vietnam Airlines has a total of 10 A350 XWB on order, with an additional four to be received from third party lessors, including AerCap. AerCap (former ILFC) has a total of 20 A350 XWB on order.
The carrier will operate its A350 XWB fleet on premium long haul routes, beginning with services between Hanoi and Paris.