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PARIS 2009: Vietnam Airlines orders two more ATR 72-500s

15th June 2009 - 21:31 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


ATR has received a third order in 18 months from Vietnam Airlines for ATR 72-500s, this time for two aircraft.

The airline ordered five of the type on 6 December 2007 and a further six on 12 December 2008. With today’s order and three aircraft the carrier already had, Vietnam Airlines’ fleet of ATR 72-500s will build to a total of 16. ATR actually handed over the fourth aircraft from all these orders at Le Bourget today. The remaining 12 will be delivered over the next two years.

Vietnam Airlines president and CEO, Pham Ngoc Minh, joked about how he would like more aircraft if delivery could be arranged before the end of 2010. “I could even pay cash,” he quipped.

Photo shows Vietnam Airlines president and CEO, Pham Ngoc Minh, and ATR CEO Stéphane Mayer sealing the deal.

Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/

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