PARIS (AP) — Vietnam Airlines plans to buy 10 long-range, mid-size A350 XWB aircraft, the newest Airbus jet, the European plane maker said Monday.
Vietnam Airlines signed a memorandum of understanding for the Airbus A350-900 XWBs, as well as for 20 smaller A321s, Airbus said in a statement. That brings the total number of orders for the A350 to 264 — 154 firm orders and 110 commitments.
Vietnam Airlines operates a fleet of 23 Airbus aircraft, including 10 A320s, 10 A321s and three A330s. It is expecting delivery of five previously ordered A321s.
Airbus' A350 XWB is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2013, when it will compete with Boeing's 787.