(Washington D.C, May 31st, 2017) – Today, in Washington D.C, Vietjet Aviation Joint Stock Company signed with CFM International – a joint venture of GE and Safran, an agreement on supporting 215 engines to power the airline’s fleet under the witnesses of Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross, Jr. The 12 year – long agreement which is valued at USD 3.58 billion includes other technical services, engines and components maintenance.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Vietjet’s President and CEO Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao said: “We are orienting our fleet to aircraft families and engines which are of efficient fuel consumption and environment friendly. The engines under today agreement will help us to save up to 15 percent of fuel consumption as well as to obtain other comprehensive services in technical support, maintenance and training. It is our great honor to be a partner of GE and CFM International. Thanks to this agreement, Vietjet’s fleet can enjoy new technical and technological advances which enhance our flight quality and operation reliability and reduce costs. We strongly believe that this agreement will promote economic and trade exchange between thetwo countries and create million jobs for the two peoples.”
“We appreciate the high level of confidence this agreement shows in CFM and in our ability to support Vietjet over the long term,” said Gaël Méheust, President and CEO of CFM International. “It has been an honor to be a part of the very dynamic and exciting team for the last six years. It is a privilege to know that this very special relationship will continue for many more years to come.”
On this occasion, Vietjet and GECAS under GE signed a Memorandum of Understanding in aircraft financing worth USD 1 billion. Accordingly, GECAS will support Vietjet to finance and/or purchase and enter into leaseback arrangement of 10 aircraft ordered by Vietjet.
Vietjet and Honeywell Aviation also inked an agreement on auxiliary power unit supply and technical maintenance to power the airline’s 98 airplanes. The agreement which is worth USD 180 million, is aimed to help Vietjet’s fleet be maintained under world leading standards.