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    The cockpit of a 787-9 Dreamliner. | Photo: Reuters file

Published 27 February 2019

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Aviation JSC have signed deals to purchase a combined 110 aircraft from Boeing. 

United States President Donald Trump has secured US$15 billion in aviation agreements with Vietnamese airlines during a visit to for a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

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Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways and VietJet Aviation JSC have signed multi-billion-dollar deals to purchase a combined 110 aircraft from Boeing. The agreements were signed in the presence of Trump and Vietnam President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Bamboo will buy ten 787-9 Dreamliners totally US$3 billion, while VietJet inked an agreement for one hundred 737 Max airplanes valued at US$12.7 billion, Boeing confirmed Wednesday. In a separate deal, General Electric signed a US$5.3-billion deal with VietJet to service the engines of some two hundred Boeing 737 Max aircraft.​​​​​​​

Last month U.S. regulators approved Vietnam’s air-safety system, which greenlights the country's airlines to begin direct flights to the United States and codeshare with U.S. carriers.

The United States president also met privately with Vietnam President Nguyen ahead of the scheduled second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Trump will have lunch with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc late Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The main event, a Vietnam-hosted summit between Kim and Trump, is scheduled to take place at the Metropole hotel to facilitate further discussions regarding the dismantling of North Korea's nuclear program.

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