SINGAPORE Jan 28 Low-cost Vietnam airline,
VietJetAir, is set to firm up part of a $9 billion order for up
to 92 Airbus aircraft and will announce this at the
Singapore Airshow in February, sources familiar with the
In September, VietJetAir and Airbus agreed a provisional
order for the mostly A320 planes, but the deal did not show up
in the order book of Airbus in its 2013 data.
"They are very close to a deal and this will be one of the
big orders at the airshow," said one source.
A firm order is seen as a strong indication of future
revenue for airplane manufacturers and triggers a deposit from
airlines. Airlines mainly pay for aircraft when they take
delivery and usually win significant discounts for large orders.
The latest deal worth $9 billion at list prices, includes
firm orders for 62 medium-haul jets as well as options for 30
more. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity as the matter
is not public.
VietJetAir company officials could not be reached by Reuters
on Tuesday, the start of the new year holidays in the country.
An Airbus spokesman in Singapore said: "We don't comment on
discussions that may or may not be taking place with customers
or reports of potential announcements."