Monday, 22 April 2013

AWAS Leases three new Airbus A320s to new customer Vietjet

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Dublin based aircraft lessor continues to grow in the fast growing Asian market with the announcement it has agreed to lease three new Airbus Airbus A320 from its order pipeline to Vietjet a new customer, an expanding low cost carrier operating a modern, all-A320 fleet from Vietnam's three major economic and tourist hubs - Ho Chi Minh City, Danang and Hanoi, and is the first private airline in Vietnam to be licensed to operate domestic and international flights.

These new sharklet-equipped A320 aircraft will assist Vietjet with their plans to expand into ASEAN and North Asian networks which will include regional destinations such as Busan, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Singapore and Taipei.

President & CEO AWAS Ray Sisson said "The people of AWAS are very proud today to add Vietjet as a new customer. Their ability to offer a high-quality LCC model to their customers has met with strong success."

VP Sales Asia Pacific AWAS JT Foo said " We pride ourselves on being able to understand an airline’s unique business model and plans for growth. We worked with Vietjet to offer aircraft at the right time, and with the right specifications to meet their needs, to help fuel their further growth."

Vice President Business Development Vietjet Mr Pritam Singh said "Vietjet is very pleased to agree with AWAS for the lease of these three new A320 aircraft to join our growing fleet. We have been successful with our LCC model and dedication to quality passenger service, offering many a new, lower cost alternative to enjoy regional air travel...opening-up new tourist and business opportunities across Vietnam as well as our international destinations."

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Ryanair increases reserved seating on all flights


Ryanair announced the extension of its reserved seating from 6 to 8 rows with the addition of row 32 & 33 allowing up to 45 passengers per flight pre-book seats. The reserved seating service costs €10/£10 each way or €15/€15 on longer routes e.g. to/from Canary Islands).

The carrier had previously indicated on its Q1 conference call on 28th January it was considering the idea, which has received very positive feedback from passengers,  the announcement is timely as the service has proved very popular with families and groups particularly on longer route sectors to the Canary Islands in the Summer season.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "Since November, Ryanair passengers have been able to reserve their preferred seats across six rows – at the front of the aircraft for a prompt exit on arrival, at over-wing exits for extra legroom, and on rows 5 and 15 – which  has proven extremely popular, especially with families, groups and those on business travel."

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