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Boeing delivers 1st Dreamliner to Vietnam Airlines

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Boeing has delivered the first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes to Vietnam Airlines via lease from Air Lease Corp. (Photo/Provided)

Boeing has delivered the first of eight 787-10 Dreamliner airplanes to Vietnam Airlines.

“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.

Reach Patrick Hoff at 843-849-3144.

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August 29, 2019

I'd like to fly on a boeing dreamliner one day. Haven't been to vietnam yet but it's on the bucket list.