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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Airbus Updates No.1565

Airbus A330 -343 1549  9M-XXT AirAsia X ferried 02oct16 ALG-KUL after wet-lease to Air Algérie ex F-WWKD
 Airbus A330 -343 1734  HZ-AQ15 Saudi Arabian Airlines delivery 05oct16 TLS-JED ex F-WWYP
 Airbus A350 -941 48  PR-XTE Latam Brazil delivery 03oct16 TLS-CNF ex F-WZGU
 Airbus A350 -941 49  B-18901 China Airlines delivery 30sep16 TLS-TPE ex F-WZGV
 Airbus A380 -861 218  A6-EUF Emirates delivery 05oct16 XFW-DXB ex A6-EUF

Airbus Updates No.1564

Airbus A319 -132 2032  5B-DCV CobaltAir delivery 30sep16 SNN-LCA ex OE-IEJ
 Airbus A319 -111 2176  5H-FJA FastJet ferried 30sep-01oct16 DAR-HRG-SOF ex G-EZEF
 Airbus A319 -111 2260  OO-SSX Brussels Airlines delivery 30sep16 OSR-BRU ex OE-IEI
 Airbus A319 -111 2332  9H-AEL Air Malta ferried 27sep16 MLA-SNN, for Volotea Airlines ex D-AVYZ
 Airbus A319 -115ACJ 6727  HZ-SKY4 Sky Prime Aviation Svcs posn / in svc 04oct16 BSL-GVA-TTU after paint & transfer ex HZ-AC
 Airbus A320 -214 6876  PR-OBB Avianca Brasil delivery 29-30sep16 TLS-SID-NAT-POA ex F-WHUM
 Airbus A320 -214 7319  PK-GQQ Citilink delivery 30sep-02oct16 TLS-RKT-KNO-CGK ex F-WWIN
 Airbus A320 -214 7345  XA-MBA Interjet delivery 01-02oct16 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC ex F-WWDC
 Airbus A320 -214 7355  D-AIUY Lufthansa delivery 28sep16 XFW-SXF ex D-AXAM
 Airbus A321 -211 2957  UR-CPH Dart Airlines for delivery 03oct16 VNO-KBP ex VP-BQX
 Airbus A321 -211 6817  VP-BES Aeroflot ferriied 04oct16 NWI-KUN after paint at CBG prior delivery ex EI-SVX
 Airbus A321 -231 7131  N991AU American Airlines delivery 30sep16 BFM-DFW ex F-WZMK
 Airbus A321 -211 7317  B-16226 Eva Air delivery 30sep-01oct16 XFW-DWC-DMK-TPE ex D-AVYP
 Airbus A321 -231 7326  XA-VLV Volaris delivery 04oct16 XFW-KEF-BGR-MEX ex D-AVYT
 Airbus A321 -231 7335  XA-VLW Volaris delivery 01oct16 XFW-KEF-BGR-MEX ex D-AVYV
 Airbus A321 -211 7339  B-8576 China Eastern delivey 30sep-01oct16 XFW-TSE-PVG ex D-AVYX
 Airbus A330 -301 70  AP-BKM Shaheen Air International ferried 02/04oct16 KHI-DUB-SFB for part-out & scrap ex VQ-BCW
 Airbus A330 -223 259  PT-MVD Latam Brasil ferried 04oct16** GIG-LDE on return to lessor ex A6-EYB
 Airbus A330 -243 261  EC- Wamos Air ferried 03oct16 LETL-ZRH, G-reg prior delivery ex G-GGEN
 Airbus A330 -343 1491  TC- Turkish Airlines ferried 04-05oct MZJ-BGR-ZRH, EI-reg prior delivery ex EI-FNZ

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Airbus Updates No.1563

Azores Airlines to expand transatlantic operations with A321neo

SATA owned airline renews its fleet with the longest range of any single aisle airliner

Azores airlines which is fully owned by Sociedade Açoreana de Transportes Aéreos (SATA) is modernizing its short-haul and transatlantic fleet with the A321neo and by 2019 with the longer range A321LR. The decision follows a growth strategy to expand into new transatlantic routes. 
Azores airlines has been an Airbus customer since 1999 operating seven A310, A320 and A330 Airbus aircrafts across Europe, Canada and North America. 
“Our mission is to bring the Azores to the world and the world to the Azores and we are happy to be investing in the Airbus A321neo aircraft to continue achieving this,” says Paulo Menezes, CEO of SATA Group. “The A321LR passenger comfort, performance, superior range and fuel efficiency match our long haul as well as regional needs. We have a vision of being ever stronger and more competitive in a demanding global world and also of being able to build an airline of excellence that can make its mark in the world of international commercial aviation and gradually and consistently conquer market share and visibility for the brand.” 
"We are very excited about this order which confirms the A321LR as the single aisle aircraft of choice for transatlantic and regional routes,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers. “No other single aisle aircraft can match the A321LR’s performance, fuel efficiency and productivity and with its wider fuselage passengers will also enjoy the most comfortable cabin experience. 
The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. First deliveries will start in 2019. 
The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. With nearly 4,800 orders received from 87 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.

Airbus Updates No.1562

Spirit Airlines receives its first U.S.-produced Airbus aircraft

Airbus delivers the new A321 to 140 Spirit employees at ceremony in Mobile, Ala.

The first delivery of an A321 aircraft from the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility to Spirit Airlines took place today in Mobile, Alabama. On hand for the occasion were executives from Airbus and Spirit Airlines, 140 Spirit Airlines employees, and the 350 Airbus employees at the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility. 
 “Many years ago, Spirit recognized that Airbus was the right partner to provide the most modern, fuel-efficient aircraft, which allowed them to become a leading Ultra Low Cost Carrier in the U.S.,” said Bob Lekites, Executive Vice President-Customers, Airbus Americas. “It’s been a successful partnership, and this aircraft — the first to be produced for Spirit in Mobile and the U.S.A — will hold a special place in our memories as we go forward. It’s truly a great milestone.” 
“This is an exciting day for Spirit Airlines,” said Bob Fornaro, President and CEO of Spirit Airlines. “Our Fit Fleet is one of the youngest and most fuel-efficient in the industry and we’re thrilled to add our first American-made aircraft to the Spirit family. Spirit’s all-Airbus fleet helps us maintain an efficient, streamlined operation, allowing the company to save on costs and provide customers with ultra-low fares.” 
Airbus announced its commitment to build a single-aisle assembly line in Mobile, Alabama in 2012, and less than one year later, broke ground on the $600 million facility. The ceremonial inauguration of the plant took place in September 2015. The aircraft delivered today is the 10th aircraft delivered from Mobile. 
Airbus anticipates delivering four aircraft per month from the Mobile plant by the end of 2017. The initial deliveries will all be A320 Family aircraft with the Current Engine Option (CEO), but will begin transitioning to New Engine Option (NEO) derivatives in late 2017. 
In addition to hundreds of new Airbus jobs the project has brought to the local community, the Mobile area has seen many Airbus suppliers open new facilities in the region, providing even more employment and a parallel boost to the local economy. Airbus is proud that 87 percent of its new employees are from the Gulf Coast region, with nearly one third being U.S. military veterans. 
Demonstrating the adage “The Sun Never Sets on Airbus Manufacturing” – Airbus aircraft are now produced around the clock, 24 hours a day, at facilities in: Mobile, Alabama; Hamburg, Germany; Toulouse, France; and Tianjin, China.

Airbus Updates No.1561

Hong Kong Airlines confirms order for 9 more A330s

Fast-growing airline committed to Airbus widebody fleet

Hong Kong Airlines has signed a contract with Airbus for the firm order of nine additional A330-300 aircraft.
The aircraft will be operated across a network which links Hong Kong with a wide range of destinations in Asia, and beyond.
"Today's announcement underscores our plan to operate an extensive regional network in Asia," said Zhang Kui, President, Hong Kong Airlines. "The A330’s flexibility also allows us to further deploy these aircraft to some long haul routes in the future, and we are going to operate the all-new A350 XWB in 2017 which will open a new chapter of our international operations."
"We are extremely pleased that Hong Kong Airlines again places its confidence in our products to expand its widebody fleet," said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer Customers. "With the A330, the carrier will be operating the most cost-efficient and versatile widebody aircraft, both now and in the future."
Hong Kong Airlines currently operates an all-Airbus fleet comprising of 11 A320s and 22 A330s including 5 A330-200 Freighters. By the end of 2018, its fleet size will reach over 50 with the delivery of its first A350-900 aircraft.
The A330 Family, which includes Passenger, Freighter, VIP, and Military Transport/Tanker variants, has now attracted more than 1,600 orders. Over 1,250 A330 Family aircraft are flying with some 120 operators worldwide. The A330 is one of the world’s most efficient aircraft with best in class operating economics. With numerous on-going product enhancements entering service in the coming years, the A330 Family remains the most cost-efficient and capable widebody aircraft. Today’s A330 have an operational reliability of 99.4 percent.

Airbus Updates No.1560

Airbus delivers North America’s first A320neo to Volaris

Largest Airbus customer in Mexico first to operate best-selling, fuel-efficient aircraft

Low-cost carrier Volaris took delivery of its first A320neo, making the airline the first operator of the A320neo in North America. Volaris is Mexico’s largest Airbus customer, having ordered 74 A320 Family aircraft, including 30 A320neo. The all-Airbus operator became a customer in 2006, and since then has become Mexico’s biggest A320 Family operator with 63 A320 Family aircraft in service, including 17 A319, 42 A320 and four A321. 
The A320neo for Volaris is powered by Pratt & Whitney Pure Power PW1100-JM engines and leased through AerCap. Configured to seat up to 186 passengers in 18”-wide seats, Volaris’ A320neo will be equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin. 
The A320neo Family incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices, which together deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020. 
“The arrival of the A320neo symbolizes an important step in our ambitious ultra low-cost strategy,” said Enrique Beltranena, CEO of Volaris. “Volaris is delighted to be the first to bring this new technology to passengers in North America.” 
“Airbus is honored to deliver the first A320neo in North America to Volaris, an all-Airbus operator for more than 10 years,” said Rafael Alonso, President of Airbus Latin America and the Caribbean. “Mexico’s strong economic growth presents a key opportunity for the country’s top airlines such as Volaris to expand and remain environmentally efficient, and the A320neo will be exceptional in achieving this for Volaris.” 
“Pratt & Whitney extends its congratulations to AerCap, Volaris and Airbus on the delivery of today’s A320neo. We are proud to be part of the team bringing the first A320neo to North America,” said Rick Deurloo, senior vice president, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service for Pratt & Whitney. 
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with nearly 4,800 orders from 87 customers since its launch in 2010 capturing some 60 percent share of the market. Thanks to their widest cabin, all members of the A320neo Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. Including Volaris’ A320neo delivered today, 18 A320neo aircraft have been delivered to seven customers.

Airbus Updates No.1559

Airbus A321 -211 6756  VP-BEG Aeroflot air-test at VNO 17sep16 prior delivery ex EI-OVB
 Airbus A321 -211 6817  VP-BES Aeroflot ferried 21sep16 VNO-EMA for paint prior delivery ex EI-SVX
 Airbus A321 -231 7106  N670NK Spirit Airlines delivery 19sep16 BFM-FLL ex F-WZMJ
 Airbus A321 -231 7299  TC-JTO Turkish Airlines delivery 22sep16 XFW-IST ex D-AVYF
 Airbus A321 -211 7304  N311DN Delta Air Lines delivery 22sep16 XFW-KEF-YYR-MSP ex D-AVYI
 Airbus A321 -231 7307  N989AU American Airlines delivery 21sep16 XFW-BGR-PIT-DFW ex D-AVYL
 Airbus A321 -231 7316  HA-LXJ Wizz Air delivery 19sep16 XFW-BUD ex D-AVYO
 Airbus A340 -313 278  N278TA TrueAero Llc regd 12sep16, ferried 16sep16 SFB-LUBM ex D-AAAM
 Airbus A340 -313 374  9H-BIG AirX Charter re-regd 15sep16 after air-test at BOH, posn 21sep16 BOH-STN ex M-VVIP

Airbus Updates No.1558

Airbus A300 B4-203 256  EP-IBJ Iran Air back in svc 15seü16 THR-LRR-THE after storage ex TC-FLL
 Airbus A319 -112 1612  SX-BHN Olympus Airways ferried 19sep16 BCN-ATH-CRA after wet-lease to Vueling ex N612MX
 Airbus A319 -111 2260  OO-SSX Brussels Airlines air-test at OSR 20sep16, OE-reg prior delivery ex OE-IEI
 Airbus A319 -131 2308  5H-FJF FastJet ferried 20sep16 DAR-HRG-DGX ex EI-FGR
 Airbus A319 -132 2396  SX-ABE Olympus Airways ferried 19sep16 BCN-CRA after wet-lease to Vueling ex B-6170
 Airbus A319 -112 2625  N331NV Allegiant Air delivery 21-22sep16 HKG-GUM-HNL ex RP-C3191
 Airbus A319 -112 2843  EC-JVE Vueling ferried 21sep16 MAD-SNN for paint prior transfer to Iberia ex D-AVYT
 Airbus A319 -132 3104  9V-SBF SilkAir ferried 20-22sep16 SIN-SHJ-ATH-SNN-EGBP for part-out & scrap ex D-AVYI
 Airbus A319 -115 3467  HC-CSB Avianca Ecuador ferried 20sep16 MDE-UIO, HK-reg on transfer ex HK-4553
 Airbus A320 -211 211  LY-VEV Avion Express ferried / in svc 18/19sep16 MAD-KEF-YUL-HAV after / prior wet-lease to Vueling / Cubana ex M-YRGW
 Airbus A320 -231 415  LY-SPC Grand Cru Airlines ferried 18sep16 VNO-LCA on wet-lease to CobaltAir ex EI-ETM
 Airbus A320 -214 1171  EC-LVA Vueling ferried 20sep16 BCN-OSR for paint prior transfer to Iberia ex EI-EZE
 Airbus A320 -214 1390  TC-ABL AtlasGlobal ferried 12sep16 TNG-IST after wet-lease to Royal Air Maroc ex OE-ICV
 Airbus A320 -232 2863  LZ-BHH BH Air ferried 18sep16 SOF-KHI-SGN on wet-lease to VietJetAir ex VT-INB
 Airbus A320 -232 3330  VT-IHA IndiGo Airlines at MEX 21sep16 in full cs, CC-reg prior delivery ex CC-BJC
 Airbus A320 -233 6705  N527VL Volaris Costa Rica posn 12sep16 TLC-SJO for certification flights ex D-AXAB
 Airbus A320 -271N 6720  VT-ITB IndiGo Airlines delivery 19sep16 TLS-DEL ex F-WWIV
 Airbus A320 -214 7264  XA-CBA Interjet delivery 22sep16 TLS-KEF-BGR-TLC ex F-WWDR
 Airbus A320 -232 7267  VT-TTM Vistara delivery 20-21sep16 TLS-RKT-DEL ex F-WWBH
 Airbus A321 -231 1843  5B- CobaltAir air-test at WOE 21sep16 in full cs, EI-reg prior delivery ex EI-FSU

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Airbus Updates No.1557

AirAsia receives its first A320neo

First CFM powered A320neo in South East Asia

AirAsia has taken delivery of its first A320neo at a dedicated ceremony in Hamburg. The aircraft is the first CFM International LEAP-1A powered A320neo in South East Asia and the second worldwide. Equipped with a Space Flex Cabin for an optimal passenger comfort and efficiency, the aircraft is configured with 186 seats. 
AirAsia is Airbus’ biggest airline customer for the A320 Family with a total of 575 aircraft ordered. Of these, 404 are A320neo Family, following the airline’s latest firm order for 100 A321neo aircraft placed at the recent Farnborough Airshow.
The A320neo Family is the world’s best-selling and most fuel efficient single aisle aircraft Family. The A320neo provides operators with double digits improvements in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions - with a 15% reduction at entry into service and up to a 20% reduction by 2020. 
The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices. With nearly 4800 orders received from 87 customers since its launch in 2010, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market. The Airbus’ A320neo Family offers unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18-inch wide seats in economy as standard. This aircraft is the 17th A320neo delivered to date.

Airbus Updates No.1556

Jetstar Pacific finalises first direct order with Airbus

Airline signs for 10 A320ceo as it expands route network

Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines has finalised a purchase agreement with Airbus for 10 A320ceo aircraft. The contract follows an MOU announced earlier this year and was signed today in Hanoi by Le Hong Ha, Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.
The signing took place during the state visit to Vietnam of François Hollande, President of France, and was witnessed by Mr Hollande and Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Based in Ho Chi Minh City, Jetstar Pacific is a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines (70%) and the Qantas Group (30%). The order from Jetstar Pacific marks the first direct purchase by the airline from Airbus. The aircraft will join an existing fleet of 12 leased A320 Family aircraft flying with the airline on domestic and regional routes.
“This order is a key milestone for our operation here in Vietnam and beyond,” said Le Hong Ha, Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific. “These new aircraft will be used primarily to expand our international network from Vietnam as part of the wider Jetstar Group. As competition grows in Vietnam, we believe that the A320 and our value-based quality service will place us well to attract a growing share of the market.”
“We are pleased to sign our first purchase agreement with Jetstar Pacific in Hanoi today,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. “The order reinforces the position of the A320 as the single aisle aircraft of choice for airlines in Vietnam. We look forward to developing further our partnership with Jetstar Pacific as it consolidates its position in the fast-growing South East Asian market.”
Value-based airline Jetstar Pacific operates a total of 33 domestic and international routes. It is part of the larger Jetstar Group network that connects to more than 75 destinations in 17 countries with 4,000 weekly flights across Jetstar Airways (Australia), Jetstar Japan (Japan), Jetstar Asia (Singapore) and Jetstar Pacific.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line with more than 12,700 orders since launch and more than 7,150 aircraft delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide. With the widest cabin in the single aisle market, the A320 Family offer unmatched comfort in all classes and Airbus’ 18” wide seats in economy as standard. The A320 Family aircraft seat from 100 to 240 passengers, seamlessly covering the entire single-aisle segment from low to high-density domestic to longer range routes.

Airbus Updates No.1555

Vietjet to expand its Airbus fleet with new order for 20 A321s

Carrier also finalises services agreement to establish new training centre

Vietnam’s Vietjet has placed a firm order with Airbus for 20 A321 single aisle aircraft to meet growth on its domestic and regional network. The purchase agreement, covering 10 A321ceo and 10 A321neo, was signed in Hanoi today by Vietjet President and CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO.
The signing took place during the state visit to Vietnam of François Hollande, President of France, and was witnessed by Mr Hollande and Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
In addition to the new order, Vietjet and Airbus also finalised an agreement for the manufacturer to provide training services for flight crew and maintenance personnel at the airline’s new facility in Ho Chi Minh City. This will see Airbus oversee courses at the facility identical to those offered at the manufacturer’s own training centres.
At the signing ceremony, the President and CEO of Vietjet Nguyễn Thị Phương Thảo ‎shared: "Vietjet is developing robustly and sustainably with an aim at better serving our passengers and promoting tourism and economic development in Vietnam and other regional countries. The friendly relationship in politics and culture between Vietnam and France has been nurtured through generations. Two countries are heading towards a more efficient economic cooperation of which today’s agreement of Vietjet and Airbus is a vivid example. We do take pride in and appreciate Airbus for their efforts and support since our operation. Thanks to our modern fleet with advanced designs, fuel efficiency as well as effective support in operations, training and system development, Vietjet will continue to realize passengers’ dreams of flying, to create a future in the air with an aim at making Vietjet become more and more popular globally.”
“We are pleased to sign our latest purchase agreement with Vietjet,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. “Vietjet is benefitting from the very significant economies that come from operating a single aircraft family. For busier routes the A321 combines higher capacity with the lowest operating costs in its class, offering unbeatable efficiency.We look forward to developing further our partnership with Vietjet, including working with the airline to develop its new training facility.”
Vietjet first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 40 A320 Family aircraft. Following today’s announcement the airline has placed firm orders with Airbus for a total of 119 A320 Family aircraft, including 54 A320s and 65 A321s.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling single aisle product line, with four models (A318, A319, A320, A321) ranging from 100 to 240 seats. To date, the Family has won more than 12,700 orders since launch and more than 7,150 aircraft have been delivered to some 400 customers and operators worldwide.

Airbus Updates No.1554

Vietnam Airlines signs MOU for 10 more A350 XWBs

Carrier to operate world’s newest widebody on non-stop services to US

Vietnam Airlines has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus for 10 more A350-900 aircraft. The aircraft will be used by the airline on non-stop flights to the US, beginning with services between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles.
The MOU was signed in Hanoi today by Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, and Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President & CEO. The signing took place during the state visit to Vietnam of François Hollande, President of France, and was witnessed by Mr Hollande and Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
Vietnam Airlines last year became the first airline in East Asia and the second in the world to operate the A350 XWB. The carrier already has four aircraft in service, with another 10 on firm order for future delivery. The additional 10 aircraft covered by today’s MOU will enable Vietnam Airlines to operate non-stop to the US West Coast, carrying 305 passengers in a three class premium layout.
“The intention to acquire these additional aircraft reflects our excellent experience with the A350 since it entered service with Vietnam Airlines last year,” said Duong Tri Thanh, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines. “With its very long range capability, economic fuel consumption and spacious cabin, the A350 is the suitable aircraft for our proposed intercontinental routes to Europe and the US. The start of non-stop transpacific services with the A350 is yet another example of the commitment we have at Vietnam Airlines to strengthen our position as one of the world’s leading international carriers.”
“Today’s agreement further consolidates the A350’s position as the new long haul leader in the mid-size widebody category,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO. “The A350 XWB has quite simply set new standards in its class, combining unbeatable operating economics with the highest levels of passenger comfort. We look forward to working closely with Vietnam Airlines as it continues to develop its long haul network and strengthens its position in the premium market.”
The all-new A350 XWB features the latest aerodynamic design, carbon fibre fuselage and wings, plus fuel-efficient Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines. Together, these latest technologies translate into unrivalled levels of operational efficiency, with a 25 per cent reduction in fuel burn and emissions, and significantly lower maintenance costs. For passengers, the A350 XWB sets new standard in terms of in-flight comfort, with an extra-wide cabin offering more personal space in all classes, including 18 inch wide seats as standard in economy class.
To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 810 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 43 customers worldwide, already making it one of the most successful widebody aircraft ever. A total of 36 A350 XWBs have been delivered so far and the aircraft is now in service with eight carriers, including Vietnam Airlines.