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PICTURE: Vietnam Airlines' first A350 aircraft enters final assembly

Vietnam Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 has entered final assembly.

The entry into final assembly comes a day after the aircraft gained type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), which certified it with two maximum take-off weight variants: a basic 268t and a higher 275t option.

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The A350 is scheduled for delivery in mid-2015, and Vietnam Airlines will be the first Asian carrier to operate the type.The airline has 10 A350-900s order, and Airbus says that they will be used on long-haul services.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that the airline will receive an additoinal four A350s from lessors CIT Aerospace and AerCap.

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