Vietnam Airlines and Boeing have agreed to terms for changing the airline's order for eight 787-8 Dreamliners to the larger 787-9 model.
Vietnam Airlines and its leasing company, Vietnam Aircraft Leasing Co., each ordered eight 787-8s. In June, Flightglobal quoted airline CEO Pham Ngoc Minh saying the airline planned to switch to the 787-9 because the 787-8 turned out too heavy to economically operate long-haul routes from Vietnam to Europe and North America.
"Vietnam Airlines and Boeing have agreed to terms for 787-9s," Boeing spokeswoman Jennifer Cram said Monday. "We look forward to finalizing the conversion of eight 787s from -8s to -9s. We are committed to working with Vietnam Airlines to meet its evolving fleet requirements."
Cram said she could provide no details on a possible change of the Vietnam Aircraft Leasing Co. 787-8 order.
Dow Jones quoted Minh saying Boeing scheduled delivery of the first 787-9 to Vietnam Airlines in 2015.