National carrier Vietnam Airlines has sought government approval to invest USD$8.38 billion to expand its fleet, taking it to 110 aircraft by 2015 in the first phase, a state-run newspaper reported on Friday.
The airline is currently operating around 300 flights a day with 68 aircraft. It wants to take its total fleet to 170 by 2020, according to plans submitted to the government for approval, Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper, which is run by the Planning and Investment Ministry, said.
The fleet would by then include wide-body Airbus A350-900s, Boeing 787-9s, Airbus A380s as well as narrow-body A320s and A321s plus ATR-72s and Bombardier CSeries, the report said.
The airline will soon buy jet fuel produced by Dung Quat oil refinery, the country's only such facility, which will meet up to a third of the national carrier's annual fuel demand, state-run newspapers said on Friday.