20 October 2015

Vietnam Airlines receives their 3rd A350.

Airbus has delivered today the A350-900 MSN16 with register number VN-A888 to Vietnam Airlines
This aircraft which airborne on 10/Sep –it was the 14th aircraft to fly- was registered for flight tests as F-WZFK.
Airbus has delivered as of today 8 A350-900s, with Qatar Airways operating 4, Vietnam Airlines 3 and Finnair 1.
Source: A380_TLS_A350
Vietnam is currently operating Tokyo, Seoul and Paris routes and this MSN16 will probably start in coming days with some of these routes from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh bases.
Although it was initially planned that MSN8 and MSN11 were going to be delivered to Qatar Airways before this MSN16, Vietnam Airlines has finally bypassed both mentioned aircraft.
Neither Airbus nor Qatar Airways have disclosed the reasons behind this delay.


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  2. Very strange that both Airbus and Qatar have nothing to say about MSN008 and MSN11. What ever it is,it's a secret! Makes you wonder if every Qatar aircraft will have the same secret.

  3. I am surprised by the absence of leaks on the cause of the delay...
    This increases my curiosity.

  4. This reminds me of the first Qatar A350 delivery,also delayed and the deferment of three A380's because of poor internal fitout. I have heard that Qatar is quite fastidious but you would have thought that Airbus would be aware of that.

  5. Li-ion batteries, engine vibrations, seat issues, financing problems, waiting for Dubai Airshow, pressing Airbus for -1100 launch, etc.
    Many posibilities are open ...

    1. Mirrors in lavatories are the wrong color. . . Yep, almost anything. Now we know those delays were not mostly the fault of Airbus. Hopefully production and deliveries will soar this 4th quarter.