“Welcoming the largest member of the 787 family to our growing fleet ensures we continue to boast one of the youngest and most modern fleets in Asia and also adds a competitive edge to Vietnam Airlines’ operations,” Pham Ngoc Minh, chairman of the Vietnam Airlines board of directors, said in a news release.
Vietnam Airlines is leasing the 787-10 from Air Lease Corp.
The new dash-10 will complement Vietnam Airlines’ existing fleet of 787-9 planes. The dash-10 is 18 feet longer than the dash-9, allowing airlines to carry 40 more passengers and more cargo. Vietnam Airlines is outfitting its 787-10 airplanes with 367 seats, including 24 in business class and 343 in economy class.
“We are excited to partner once again with ALC to bring a state-of-the-art airplane to a valued customer,” Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing for Boeing, said in the release. “We are confident the 787-10 will help Vietnam Airlines continue to grow its regional and international network and improve its award-winning service.”
The 787-10 is the newest and largest of the three Dreamliner derivatives and the only one made solely in South Carolina. Boeing began producing the dash-10s in 2016 and delivered the first one to Singapore Airlines in March 2018.
Boeing has delivered 32 dash-10s in total, according to Boeing’s orders and deliveries website, with 157 backlogged orders for the plane.