Vietnamese low-cost carrier Vietjet has taken delivery of its first widebody, a leased Airbus A330-300.
The airline took delivery of the plane on December 25, marking the 10th anniversary of the airline’s first flight, the carrier said.
Vietjet says the jet’s registration is VN-A811 (MSN974).
According to data from Cirium fleets, the aircraft is managed by ICBC leasing. It was delivered new to AirAsia X in December 2008, and served with the Malaysian low cost long-haul carrier until parked in April 2020.
The aircraft was briefly returned to service from February to May, but was subsequently put into storage.
“We are delighted to mark our 10th anniversary today with the arrival of an A330 aircraft, which will help Vietjet significantly increase its operating capacity and international expansion,” said Vietjet General Manager Dinh Viet Phuong .
Vietjet previously announced that it would lease up to three A330-300s.
It is not known where Vietjet will initially operate the A330, but in the longer term it plans to serve Europe, with services to Moscow starting in mid-2022.
The carrier will serve Moscow from three Vietnamese cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Nha Trang.
The Ho Chi Minh City-Hanoi-Moscow service will start on July 3; the Nha Trang-Moscow service will start on July 10.
Flights will be operated to Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport.