VASCO - Vietnam Air Services (0V, Ho Chi Minh City) is considering replacements for its ATR72-500 aircraft with regional jets among those being studied, CAPA has reported.

The regional subsidiary of Vietnam Airlines currently operates eight Avions de Transport RĂ©gional turboprops, all of them manufactured in 2009-2010. The aircraft are deployed on nine domestic Vietnamese routes, mainly out of Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi, and Con Dao.

Possible replacements include the Bombardier CSeries, Embraer E-Jets, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation MRJs, and Sukhoi Civil Aircraft SuperJets. The new regional jets could be used to expand the carrier's domestic network and establish maiden international short-haul routes.

For its part, the smallest aircraft, and also the only narrowbodies, operated by VASCO's parent Vietnam Airlines are A321-200s.