JuLy 2015 41 Customer Profile Blossoming future 787-9 opens new possibilities for Vietnam Airlines by joannA pickup | PHOTOS by MARIAN LOCKHART In Vietnam, the lotus is one of the most enduring symbols, representing enlightenment and perfection. It’s a fitting icon for the national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, whose plans for fleet expansion and brand revitalization are in full bloom. The newest Boeing jet to display the airline’s iconic golden blossom is the 787-9 Dreamliner. In June, as Vietnam Airlines prepared to welcome its first 787-9, Boeing showcased the jet in flying displays at the Paris Air Show, where it sported Vietnam Airlines’ new blue and gold livery. The flights highlighted the capabilities of an airplane the carrier considers central to its success in the fast-growing Southeast Asia market. Eighteen more are on order— seven through direct purchase. “Our first 787 delivery is an important step toward our new future,” said Pham Ngoc Minh, Vietnam Airlines president and CEO. “The 787 will be a Photo: A Vietnam Airlines 787-9 Dreamliner displays its performance capabilities at last month’s Paris Air Show in Le Bourget, France.
Frontiers July 2015 Issue
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