Thai low-cost carrier Thai VietJetAir said that it plans to operate an all-Boeing fleet by 2024, moving to phase out its remaining Airbus aircraft.
The Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) based airline also said that it will shift its network focus from domestic to international routes.
Ch-aviation reported that the airline is already veering away from its traditional domestic market in Thailand, with Thai VietJet also now flying to Vietnam, Japan, China, Cambodia, Singapore, and Taiwan.
Its associate airline, VietJet Air, recently announced its expansion in the Australian market with the launch of Ho Chi Minh airport (SGN) to Sydney International Airport (SYD) flights, in addition to flights to Melbourne Airport (MEL).
According to Ch-aviation, Thai VietJet’s CEO Woranate Laprabang confirmed that the airline will phase out its remaining Airbus fleet (twelve A320-200s and six A321-200s, all leased from VietJetAir) by 2024.
Thai VietJetAir will start receiving its first of 50 orders of Boeing B737-8 between mid-2023 to 2027. The airline will return its Airbus aircraft to VietJetAir as it progressively receives the Boeing orders.
Woranate also said that Thai VietJetAir will focus its route expansion to the IndoChina region, followed by Southeast Asia.