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[HANOI] Budget airline VietJet Air has obtained a credit line worth US$400 million (S$541 million) until 2020 from Vietnamese lender TPBank, the bank said, in a bid to help the unlisted carrier buy Airbus planes under a US$9 billion order placed in 2013.
Under an agreement signed on Thursday, TPBank will arrange the credit between now and 2020 for the airline, Vietnam's first privately owned carrier, the Hanoi-based bank said in a statement without giving further details.
A VietJet Air official confirmed the bank's statement.
VietJet Air has committed to buying 92 planes worth US$9 billion from Airbus by 2024, according to a deal signed in 2013.
In September 2014, TPBank granted US$21 million in credit to help VietJet Air make a downpayment for the Airbus order, the bank, which is not listed, said.
VietJet Air operates a fleet of 20 Airbus planes, including two new Airbus A-320s delivered last year under the Airbus order, the airline said.
The airline's network spans 28 domestic and international routes a day.