MIAMI — Low-cost carrier VietJet Air has placed a firm order with Boeing for 100 737 MAX 200s, the high-density variant of the forthcoming generation of the narrowbody family aircraft. The order—the largest ever single commercial airplane purchase in Vietnam aviation—is valued at at approximately $11.3 billion at current list prices.
President Barack Obama and his Vietnamese Counterpart Tran Dai Quang witnessed VietjetAir President and CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO, Ray Conner, signing the formal agreement in Hanoi.
The airplanes in this purchase will be delivered to Vietjet Air from 2019 until 2023 to support the low-cost carrier’s expansion over that time of its the domestic and international networks in the region.
The Boeing 737 MAX 200 is a variant based on the 737 MAX 8 that can accommodate up to 200 seats in a high-density cabin layout. Launch operator will be Ryanair, which placed an order in September 2014 for 100 aircraft.
VietJetAir is currently an all-Airbus operator, with 31 A320-200s and four A321s, and has 42 A320neo, 20 A321ceo and 21 A321neo pending for delivery.