LONDON — Airbus has won orders for 10 A320ceo aircraft from Vietnam’s Jetstar Pacific Airlines and for one A320neo from Air Cote d’Ivoire. The Jetstar deal is a memorandum of understan|ding (MOU) while Air Cote d’Ivoire’s purchase is a firm order.
Jetstar Pacific grows all-A320 fleet
Jetstar Pacific, a joint venture between Vietnam Airlines (70% ownership) and Qantas (30%) is Vietnam’s third largest airline after national carrier Vietnam Airlines and low cost carrier (LCC) VietJet Air. Jetstar Pacific also uses the LCC model to fly to 12 domestic and 3 scheduled international destinations from its hub at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City. It also has focus city at Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport where it serves 11 of those 15 destinations.
Jetstar Pacific operates an all-Airbus fleet including 10 A320s and 2 A321s (which interestingly for an LCC includes a business class cabin) with 3 more on order. The 10 new build A320s ordered yesterday at the Farnborough Airshow are its first airplanes ordered directly from the manufacturer, as its A320s are leased from a variety of sources while its A321s are ex-Vietnam Airlines aircraft.
“This agreement marks a milestone in our development,” said Le Hong Ha, Chief Executive Officer of Jetstar Pacific. “The new aircraft will allow us to expand our operation on our international network from Vietnam as part of the wider Jetstar Group. With low operating costs and a comfortable cabin, the A320 enables us to offer our passengers a quality value-based product in a highly competitive market environment.”
Air Côte d’Ivoire tops up A320neo order from April
Air Côte d’Ivoire is the national carrier of the Ivory Coast, a mantle it ascended to in November 2012 after the bankruptcy of the country’s former flag carrier Air Ivoire. From its home base in Abidjan, Air Côte d’Ivoire serves 25 destinations including 6 domestic ones and 19 international ones around West Africa. Its fleet includes 4 Airbus A319s, 2 Airbus A320s (with two on orders), 4 Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 turboprops.
“This additional A320neo will allow Air Côte d’Ivoire to truly differentiate its product by offering a higher level of comfort to its customers with new aircraft. Thanks to this new Airbus aircraft, Air Côte d’Ivoire will also improve its operating efficiency to better meet the need for traffic growth,” said General Abdoulaye Coulibaly, Chairman of the Board.