US president backs Boeing's footprint in Vietnam
On the fringe of the summit between US president Donald Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi, two privately-held Vietnamese airlines have signed big airplane orders with Boeing.
Vietjet has purchased 100 additional B737 MAX airplanes, taking its MAX order book to 200 units. With the order, worth USD 12.7 billion at list prices, Vietjet becomes the largest Asian customer of the MAX 10.
Witnessed by the party general secretary, president Nguyen Phu Trong and his US counterpart, Bamboo Airways, which entered commercial service on 16 January 2019, signed a deal with Boeing to purchase ten wide-body B787-9 Dreamliners worth nearly USD 3 billion.
The widebody order adds to the 20 B787s that Bamboo ordered in June 2018, and decreases the US trade deficit with Vietnam by nearly 25%. (ah)