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Vietnam carriers splurge US$6.5b on Airbus jets

This comes as France's Hollande visits Vietnam to spur business ties

Vietnam Airlines general director Duong Tri Thanh (right) and Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier (second from left) exchanging a signed contract as Mr Hollande (left) and Mr Quang (second from right) witness, during a signing ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Tuesday.


VIETNAM airlines bought 40 airplanes worth US$6.5 billion from France's Airbus on Tuesday, as President Francois Hollande visited the communist nation to drum up business ties with one of South-east Asia's fastest-growing economies.

The deal is the latest move by Vietnamese