Vietnam Net Bridge, 3 July 2015. In an article titled, Vietnam Airlines prepares to become 4-star airline, Vietnam Net Bridge also reports on the delivery of the new Airbus A350XWB aircraft in Hanoi. Vietnam Airlines is just the second airline in the world to fly this aircraft.

An edited extract of the original article appears below.

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Vietnam Airlines held a ceremony on 2 July 2015 to receive its first Airbus 350-900 aircraft and announce its upgrade service quality program and new brand identifying system, marking a major step in bringing the airline into the international arena.

Among those present at the event was Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung who also joined a takeoff ceremony for the new jetliner.

The PM congratulated Vietnam Airlines on its A350-900 new-generation aircraft and spoke highly of effective cooperation between the carrier and Airbus Group. He praised the airline’s announcement of its upgrade program on service quality and new brand identifying system

He said he hoped the airliner would expand and ensure air safety and security.

He suggested Airbus continue supporting Vietnam in personnel training and development of technical logistics facilities while affirming Vietnam’s willingness to cooperate with the aircraft manufacturer in other field.

At the ceremony, the PM witnessed the signing of a technical cooperation agreement between Vietnam Airlines and Airbus Group in which later pledged to provide a full package of parts and supplies for the former’s A350 fleet over 12 years.

Aircraft A350-900 XWB is the newest member of Airbus’s wide-body family.

Receiving Aircraft A350-900 XWB is part of Vietnam Airlines’ plan by 2020 to enlarge its fleet of new-generation wide-body aircraft for its long-distance services…

During the ceremony, Vietnam Airlines introduced its plan to upgrade its services to meet four-star rating by the end of this year, covering ticket booking, in-flight services, after-sales and staff attitude alongside its new brand identifying system applied from 3 July 2015 onwards…

Along with the A350, in the second half this year Vietnam Airlines will receive four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. This is considered a step in the plan to replace the entire fleet of widebody aircraft with 33 units in the period from now until 2019. The national carrier will also launch the new brand identity, with new logo, stewardess uniforms, interior – exterior design, lounge, instruments and others…

PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Vietnam Airlines' first Airbus 350-900 aircraft on 2 July 2015

PM Nguyen Tan Dung on Vietnam Airlines’ first Airbus 350-900 aircraft on 2 July 2015

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