VN's general manager, Dương Trí Thành, asked Vietnamese gov' to speed up the approval for its future order of 50 narrowbodies (aircraft type most likely A320/321neo), which worths approx $3.8 billion.
To be more specific, Thành said that a lot of carriers will cancel their orders due to this pandemic, and this will can't be a better chance for VN to order a bunch of aircraft, (have a nice discount) and get some soon deliveries. If there was no COVID-19, it might take 3-4 years for a carrier to receive its first aircraft from the order. However, with a large number of order cancellations, VN is obviously able to get some nice delivery slots. The boss also wants to place the order soon to "catch the trend" of the market after the pandemic, benefitting the carrier.
The aircraft are predicted to be delivered from 2021-2025 to Vietnam Airlines as well as its LCC subsidiary,
VN is being damaged hard by the coronavirus. The carrier is operating only three domestic routes (HAN-DAD-SGN), with a small number of int'l flights, mainly repatriation flights. Currently, VN is having 1000 pilots and 3000 flight attendants have to stay at home. VN also seeks for government's help, including the removal of taxes, as well as direct financial support.
How do you think about that? Is it a "risky but clever" choice for VN, or is it "stupid and simply making no sense"?