A Deep Commitment to Commercial Aviation in Vietnam

Boeing has long recognized the importance of Vietnam and has for more than 20 years worked to develop Vietnam’s aerospace capabilities.

Boeing first established a local presence in 1995 when Vietnam Airlines leased three Boeing 767-300ER (Extended Range) airplanes. The first business transaction between Vietnam companies and the U.S., under the historic Bilateral Trade Agreement, was Vietnam Airlines’ purchase of four Boeing 777-200ER aircraft in January 2001. Boeing delivered the 777-200ERs to Vietnam Airlines in 2003 and 2004.

Vietnam Airlines currently operates 11 787-9 Dreamliners, serving international routes between Vietnam and Europe, as well as domestic routes.

VietJet Air, a privately held, low-cost airline in Vietnam, finalized an order with Boeing for 100 737 MAX 8 airplanes (200-seat version) in May 2016, marking the single largest commercial airplane purchase in Vietnamese aviation history. Vietnam President Trần Đại Quang and U.S. President Barack Obama witnessed the signing agreement. In July 2018, VietJet signed a commitment for an additional 20 737 MAX 8s and 80 737 MAX 10s – the largest commitment in Asia for the latest 737 model. As part of the agreement, Boeing would partner with VietJet to enhance technical and engineering expertise and the training of pilots and technicians in Vietnam, helping to further develop the commercial aviation ecosystem in the growing country. Boeing will also support VietJet in improving management capabilities at the airline and in the country.

Bamboo Airways, a startup airline that plans to begin commercial operations in 2019 out of the capital city of Hanoi, announced a commitment for 20 787-9 Dreamliners on June 2018.

Boeing has continued its commitment to develop Vietnam’s commercial aviation sector through facilitating new airplane leases, working with the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) and Vietnam Airlines to provide on-the-job training and helping Vietnam integrate itself into the global aviation environment to meet International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards.

In 2015, Boeing and Vietnam Airlines signed a pilot-training agreement for the 787 Dreamliner fleet as well as a Memorandum of Collaboration towards the goal of Vietnam Airlines’ fleet replacement and expansion with Boeing airplanes.

    Suppliers in Vietnam

    In 2007, MHI Aerospace Vietnam (MHIVA) opened an airplane-related manufacturing facility in Hanoi. The first Boeing parts manufactured there were the 737 inboard flaps. In 2014, the company delivered the 1,000th shipset of 737 inboard flaps produced in Vietnam and also celebrated its investment in a new expanded facility. Advancing Vietnam’s aerospace capability, the Boeing 777 doors are assembled at this facility, and the Boeing 777X doors will be assembled there starting in 2018.

    In 2010, Nikkiso Japan opened a facility near Hanoi. The facility currently produces components for the 747 and 767; 777 thrust reverser blocker doors; and the 787 thrust reverser torque box assembly and wing fixed leading edge subassemblies.

      Boeing Global Engagement in Vietnam

      In Vietnam, Boeing has contributed to a number of initiatives on children’s education and welfare, and providing life skills to victims of human trafficking.

      Assistance for Trafficking Victims

      Boeing has been supporting Hagar in Vietnam since 2008. The program helps victims of human trafficking reintegrate into society by providing them with economic empowerment through new skills and learning opportunities.

      Helping Children

      Since 2010, Boeing has been supporting Health Right International to provide trafficked and exploited children with trauma recovery help and reintegration into the community by strengthening the capacity and capabilities of social workers.

      Since 2011, Boeing has been working with the Giving it Back to Kids Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) to provide orphans and street children with shelter, access to education, health and medical support. Boeing’s support has provided healthcare for over 1200 children.

      In addition to access to education, Boeing has worked with the Foundation of Children Vietnam to gift 217 child beneficiaries with bicycles that help provide transportation to schools. 

      Improving Education

      First implemented in Thailand, Boeing has now extended funding for the Boeing-Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) project to Kenan Foundation Asia in Vietnam. The TEL provides training for teachers to encourage innovative pedagogies that incorporate the use of technology and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum modules for better student learning outcomes.