Sept 24 Vietnamese low-cost airline VietJet
looked close on Tuesday to placing an order for as many as 100
Airbus jets worth up to $10 billion, sources familiar
with the discussions said.
A French government source said the provisional deal, to be
signed in front of visiting Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan
Dung in Paris on Wednesday, would set the stage for 60 firm
orders for medium-haul aircraft as well as options for 30 more.
A source close to the airline said the package was still
being fine-tuned and could involve between 92 and 100 A320 or
A321 single-aisle aircraft, including both current and future
If confirmed, the deal would be the latest blockbuster order
from Asia's budget carriers for aircraft produced by Airbus and
its U.S. rival Boeing, highlighting a rapid shift towards
air travel that prompted Airbus to raise its long-term industry
forecasts on Tuesday.
Industry experts say VietJet has ambitious expansion plans
and hopes to duplicate the success of low-cost giants AirAsia
of Malaysia and Lion Air of Indonesia.
Those airlines have both signed record airliner orders in
the presence of European or U.S. leaders.
Meanwhile VietJet has signed a joint venture in Thailand and
is in talks for another in Myanmar.
Airbus declined to comment on the negotiations.