Vietnam Airlines (VN, Hanoi) is set to trial regional jet operations later this summer using wet-leased Bombardier Aerospace and Embraer aircraft among other types.

Airline chief executive Duong Tri Thanh told CAPA it would wet-lease the regional jets this summer season as part of an evaluation of the type's suitability. Should the trials prove successful, Vietnam Airlines could order five to seven regional jets initially, he said.

The aircraft will also provide the carrier with an interim capacity solution given delays in the delivery of its A321neo, now due towards year-end.