VietJetAir (VJ, Hanoi Noi Bai International) signed a memorandum of understanding for twenty A330-900Ns at the Singapore Air Show on February 22. The LCC will use the aircraft to replace its existing fleet of seven dry-leased A330-300s. Deliveries will commence in 2026, and the widebodies will be used to boost VietJet's long-haul operations.

"We are excited to work with VietJet on the next phase of the carrier's expansion," said Airbus CEO Christian Scherer.

VietJetAir's leased A330-300s, which are sourced from BOC Aviation and ICBC Financial Leasing, are due back between late 2025 and mid-2028, according to ch-aviation fleets data. The aircraft currently fly from Hanoi to Delhi International, Ho Chi Minh City, and Nha Trang Cam Ranh, and Ho Chi Minh to Brisbane International, Delhi, Melbourne Tullamarine, Mumbai International, and Sydney Kingsford Smith.

"The new A330neo aircraft is a strategic addition to comprehensively modernize Vietjet's fleet, enhancing operational capabilities to support our global flight network expansion plan," said Vietjet CEO Dinh Viet Phuong.

The deal comes one day after Airbus announced an agreement to sell three A330-900Ns and five A350Fs to Starlux Airlines (JX, Taipei Taoyuan) and Boeing sealed a deal to sell four B787-9s to Royal Brunei Airlines (BI, Bandar Seri Begawan). Boeing also confirmed a previously reported order for forty-five B787-9s with Thai Airways International (TG, Bangkok Suvarnabhumi). Meanwhile, COMAC (Shanghai Pudong) closed an agreement with Tibet Airlines (TV, Lhasa) for forty-five C919s.

This week's MOU adds to VietJet's orderbook of 257 aircraft, including eighty-seven A321-200Ns, twenty A321-200NY(XLR)s, fifty B737-8s, and one hundred B737-8-200s. The order for the twenty A330-900Ns is expected to be firmed up by the end of March.