European plane maker Airbus says that three Vietnamese companies have agreed to buy 40 jets in deals worth up to $6.5 billion.
The deals were signed during French president Francois Hollande's visit to the Southeast Asian country.
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Vietnam Airlines agreed to buy 10 additional A350 planes and Jetstar Pacific will purchase 10 A320 planes. The list price for the deals is $3.1 billion and $980 million respectively, though purchasers usually negotiate discounts. Airbus also signed deals with Vietjet, which has placed a firm order for 20 A321s at a list price of $2.4 billion
Vietnam Airlines is already operating four A350 planes. Airbus said in a statement on Tuesday that the company is planning to use the additional 10 aircraft on non-stop flights to the U.S. west coast.