Vietnam Airlines has been expanding before the scheduled start of service to the U.S. early in 2005 and had said previously that it was in negotiations with Boeing to buy four 7E7s. The 7E7s eventually will replace the carrier’s fleet of Boeing 767-300s. In addition to four 767-300s, Vietnam Airlines operates six Boeing 777-200ERs.
It plans to buy four of the jets, for delivery in 2010. A firm deal is expected to be signed in the first quarter of 2005, Boeing and the airline said in a joint statement.
The announcement came one day before time runs out for Boeing to get as close as possible to its sales goal of having 200 orders for the 7E7 by the end of the year.