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Bamboo Airways signs $2-bln deal with Safran, GE

By Dat Nguyen   November 3, 2021 | 07:56 pm PT
Bamboo Airways signs $2-bln deal with Safran, GE
A Bamboo Airways aircraft lands at HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport, March 2019. Photo courtesy of FLC Group
Bamboo Airways has signed a EUR1.73-billion ($2 billion) deal with France’s Safran and the U.S.’s General Electric for aircraft engines and equipment.

The Vietnamese carrier on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding with Safran and GE to purchase equipment for 50 narrow-bodied Airbus A321neos and 30 wide-bodied Boeing 787-9s.

Safran makes high-class airplane seats and other cabin equipment.

Bamboo Airways currently operates seven A320neos and 5 A321neos.

"We are looking forward to developing a strong relationship with Bamboo and being part of its future growth," Alexandre Ziegler, Safran’s senior executive vice president of international and public affairs, said in a statement.

The deals were signed in the presence of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and French Prime Minister Jean Castex during the former’s working visit to France from Nov. 3-5.

Earlier low-cost Vietnamese carrier Vietjet also signed an agreement with Safran.

The two parties had an existing $10-billion deal for engines and engine maintenance, and it has been expanded to cover more aircraft engine deals and a number of other aspects such as seats and interiors.

Vietjet operates a fleet of 90 aircraft.

Safran is a global technology company with interests also in the defense and space markets, 76,000 employees and annual sales of 16.5 billion euros ($19.15 billion).

 
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