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[스페셜경제= Dongsu Kim] Vietnamese airlines VietJet and Bamboo Airways signed deals with Boeing on Wednesday to purchase 110 planes with a worth of over $15 billion as the rapidly growing carriers seek to expand their operations within and beyond Asia.
In a CNBC report, VietJet closed a firm order to acquire 100 737 MAX planes worth $12.7 billion, which was made provisionally last July. Bamboo, on the other hand, signed a firm deal with Boeing to buy 10 wide-bodied 787 carriers valued at a total of $2.9 billion.
Bamboo is under the management of property and leisure firm FLC Group, which chairman Trinh Van Quyet said is also in discussions to purchase 25 narrow-bodied Boeing 737 planes. Last year, the airlines have put a provisional order for 20 Boeing 787 widebody planes tagged at $5.6 billion at the list prices; the Wednesday deal is not a part of that, according to CNBC.
"The purchases are part of our strategy to expand our operations on the international market, including flying to the United States and Europe," the Bamboo chairman said. Quyet said the airline is planning to unveil its first non-stop flights to the United States either later this year or in early 2020.
Earlier this month, the US Federal Aviation Administration announced that Vietnam has complied with international aviation standards. This compliance would allow Vietnamese airlines to operate to the US, a first in aviation history, and codeshare with carriers in the US.
Meanwhile, VietJet also closed a $5.3 billion worth of long-term engine support deal with General Electric for the airline's LEAP-1B engines.
The deals for VietJet and Bamboo came on the sidelines of a summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, the country's capital. Trump considered Vietnam as a model of economic success that rogue North Korea could follow.
베트남 비엣젯 항공·밤부항공, 美 대규모 계약 체결해
[스페셜경제= 김동수 기자] 베트남 항공사 비엣젯은 미국의 보잉사로부터 127억 달러 규모에 달하는 보잉-737 항공기 100대 구매 계약을, 제네럴일렉트릭사의 엔진 215개를 구매하는 계약을 체결했다.
또 다른 항공사 뱀부항공은 보잉-737 기종 10대를 30억 달러에 구매하는 계약을 체결했다. 이 때 맺어진 계약은 210억 달러로 한화로 약 23조 5,000억 원에 달하는 액수다.
베트남 비엣젯과 밤부항공의 대규모 계약 체결은 트럼프 대통령이 북·미정상회담과 함께 ‘경제 챙기기’ 이미지를 확보하는 동시에 베트남 항공사들의 이미지 제고와 미국·베트남 무역에 크게 기여한 것으로 평가된다.
아울러 트럼프 대통령은 앞으로 미국이 포괄적인 협력 관계를 통해 베트남과 실질적이고 효과적인 방식으로 협력을 이어나갈 것임을 강조했다.
[ⓒ 스페셜경제. 무단전재-재배포 금지]