British Airways order for 18 777-9’s with an option (and they’ll almost certainly take it up over time) for 24 more, was the icing on a very fat cake for Boeing this month.
The US Government had made sure of Vietnam’s intent to go Boeing by clearing the way for Vietnam Airlines to fly to the US with the granting of Category 1 status by the FAA, allowing it to fly to the US for the first time. That was a high priority for the Vietnamese Government, and Boeing yet again leveraged the influence it’s gained in the Trump Administration through constant support for the president and ever-present lobbying.
Overall Vietnamese airlines ordered 110 aircraft, worth $15.7 billion.
VietJet ordered 20 737-8, and 80 737-10’s. They were MOU’d at Farnborough but the order is now firm. Bamboo Airways, a new start up, also ordered 10 787-9’s for longer haul operations.