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Vietnam To Sign $500m Order For 787 Today  
User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6682 times:

Old news perhaps, but today the Prime Minister of Vietnam is in Seattle to consumate an agreement with Boeing for 4 new 787's.

Quote:

Khai, a Soviet-educated economist, was to meet executives from companies like Boeing and Microsoft in the Seattle area. Vietnam is expected to sign a contract to buy four Boeing 787 "Dreamliner" planes, worth around $500 million, during Khai's visit.

http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-viet20.html

[Edited 2005-06-20 17:01:31]

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User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3768 posts, RR: 19
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6576 times:

Good news for Vietnam!

How many options do they have on the 787?

Rob!


User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 6521 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
How many options do they have on the 787?

My informal, non-scientific list (Excel spreadsheet) shows zero options. If someone has better information, please feel free to correct me.

-N60659



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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6363 times:

Intel is looking to build a chip plant in Vietnam and the business will only get more lucrative as wounds heal and time passes.

4 airframes now may not be huge, but I would take it as a good indicator that they are at least satisfied with their 777's they bought earlier, so although it's just four now, it's got to be good news for the future.


User currently offlineZvezda From Lithuania, joined Aug 2004, 10511 posts, RR: 64
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6294 times:

Are these to be B787-3s or B787-8s?

User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6258 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 4):
Are these to be B787-3s or B787-8s?

IIRC these were all 787-8's.

-N60659



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User currently offlinePM From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 6957 posts, RR: 63
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6240 times:

Any words on engines?  Smile

User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6108 times:

Quoting PM (Reply 6):
Any words on engines?

I don't have any information on engines for the VN order.

So far (again according to my little list), the only signed 787 orders that have specified engine selection are:
NH - 30 787-3 (firm) 20 787-8 firm 0 options - RR Trent 1000
NZ - 2 (unknown model) (firm) + 16 options - RR Trent 1000
DP - 6 787-8(firm) + 6 options - GE GEnx

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User currently offlineNYC777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 5796 posts, RR: 47
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6054 times:

Quoting N60659 (Reply 7):
DP - 6 787-8(firm) + 6 options - GE GEnx

Who's DP?



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User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 21 hours ago) and read 6046 times:

Quoting NYC777 (Reply 8):
Who's DP?

IATA Code: DP
ICAO Code: FCA
Known As: First Choice Airways
Full Name: First Choice Airways Limited.
Country: United Kingdom
Callsign: Jetset

Source: http://www.airlinecodes.co.uk/airlcodesearch.asp

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User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 5945 times:

Quoting Zvezda (Reply 4):
Are these to be B787-3s or B787-8s?

IIRC, they are 787-8s. According to VN, they are/were to be used on long-thin routes, which initially meant flights from SGN/HAN to the West Coast of the United States (or at least they hinted as much). Now with VN set for entry into SFO in 2006 with the 772ER, the 787s won't likely be used on this route, when it enters service with VN in 2010.

So the question remains is where are these 787s going to go?
A distinct possibility is to replace the 777s on some flights to Japan.
Another is to open routes such as SGN-YVR, which might be low-yield with a 777, but may be sustainable with a 787.

There are lots of possibilities, and VN, is actively trying to become a regional player, competing with the likes of SQ, TG, & MH. It will be interesting to see how VN develops its route network over the next 5 years. I am almost certain more 787s will be ordered by VN, as, at least on paper, it is the perfect plane for a moderate sized, but growing airline.

SQuared

[Edited 2005-06-20 21:58:30]

User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5703 times:

When I think of VN's 787s... ZRH and AMS come to mind... remember, KLM used to fly 3 times weekly to SGN via KUL and Swissair flew thrice weekly via SIN...

Also, I have heard humours that VN might fly to YVR, too.

And BNE is on the list of expansion programme.

London may be another destination, but well, I think if VN would fly to LHR then they would deploy the 777s.


User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 5667 times:

BTW, VN used to indicate that they would purchase 14 x 787s planes... so perhaps, they will sign an option for more 787s later...they need them to replace their 767s.

Interesting to see that VN uses Boeing aircraft on long-haul routes and the buses on regional routes. There was once when VN wanted to lease/purchase 4 x 330, but they seem to drop the plan.


User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5530 times:

Quoting Zoom1018 (Reply 12):
VN used to indicate that they would purchase 14 x 787s planes

Well, with AC's cancellation of their 787 LOI, that would make slots available for, you got it, 14 787s. Wonder if VN will consider it.

-N60659

[Edited 2005-06-21 06:22:00]


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User currently offlineZoom1018 From Taiwan, joined May 2005, 233 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 5484 times:

But I still think SQ does need those 787s and they may take the slots.

User currently offlineChris777 From United States of America, joined May 2005, 44 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 5186 times:

I was so surprised today when I saw a VietNam Airlines plane at SEA.I `ve been arriving around 8:45am an it was there.I didn`t know why it came since I haven`t seen it before.

User currently offlineSFORunner From United States of America, joined Jul 2004, 325 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 4474 times:

Quoting Chris777 (Reply 15):
I was so surprised today when I saw a VietNam Airlines plane at SEA.I `ve been arriving around 8:45am an it was there.I didn`t know why it came since I haven`t seen it before.

The Prime Minister is in town visiting with Bill G and to sign that 787 deal with Boeing....


User currently offlineDagell From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 35 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 3852 times:

Quoting Zoom1018 (Reply 14):
But I still think SQ does need those 787s and they may take the slots.

How did you come up with SQ needing 787? From what I've heard they have no need for the 787 right now.


User currently offlineSQuared From Canada, joined May 2005, 387 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (9 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 3678 times:

Quoting Dagell (Reply 17):
How did you come up with SQ needing 787? From what I've heard they have no need for the 787 right now.

SQ announced an RFP for 787/350 sized aircraft.

SQuared


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3539 times:

From Boeing's WWW site:

http://www.boeing.com/news/releases/2005/q2/nr_050621g.html



I love the color scheme. But I still do not think that the finalised B787 lines are as sexy as the initial artist's impression...

Tony



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User currently offlineIkramerica From United States of America, joined May 2005, 21562 posts, RR: 59
Reply 20, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3534 times:

Agreed. Part of the sexiness, though, comes from the wavey Boeing livery. It's a visual trick that even makes the 772LR look sexier.

For "straight line" liveries like Vietnam, it will take away from any subtle curves the design has.



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User currently offlineN60659 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 654 posts, RR: 24
Reply 21, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Quoting N60659 (Reply 2):
Quoting B742 (Reply 1):
How many options do they have on the 787?

My informal, non-scientific list (Excel spreadsheet) shows zero options. If someone has better information, please feel free to correct me.

Well, I will correct myself. Based on the Boeing press release I guess they have announced 11 options:

"Vietnam Airlines plans for the 787 to be its future mid-sized, twin-aisle jetliner. The new airplanes, which are valued at $500 million at list prices, are scheduled for delivery in 2009 and 2010. The agreement also includes purchase rights for 11 additional airplanes in the 2010 - 2013 time frame."

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User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3247 posts, RR: 22
Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 3492 times:

Quoting Ikramerica (Reply 20):
Part of the sexiness, though, comes from the wavey Boeing livery. It's a visual trick that even makes the 772LR look sexier.

Actually, the only two types that the Dreamliner livery suits, in my opinion, are the B787 and the B717 (because they both have a similar low nose profile). But I'll drop it and refrain from hijacking this thread to bitch about the final B787 looks and the Dreamliner livery.  Smile

Tony



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