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PICTURES: Vietnam Airlines reveals new livery on first A350

Vietnam Airlines' first Airbus A350-900 aircraft has left the paint shop, revealing a new livery for the carrier.

The aircraft will have its engines fitted and complete an interior installation, before conducting ground and test flights, ahead of delivery of the aircraft in June

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The A350 is part of a major fleet renewal by Vietnam Airlines, which also sees it take its first Boeing 787-9s this year.

By the end of 2015, the carrier will have taken delivery of four A350s, while it will also take five 787-9s from May onwards. It expects to complete delivery of its orders for both types by early 2019.

Vietnam Airlines holds orders for 14 A350-900s and 17 787-9s, Flightglobal's Ascend Fleets database shows.

The airline plans to deploy its 787s on services from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to London in July, Frankfurt in November, and Tokyo Narita in early 2016. The A350s will also be deployed on Paris flights from October onwards, connecting it to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Both aircraft types will also serve the Hanoi-Ho Chi Minh City route.

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As part an overall improvement programme Vietnam Airlines is introducing, it will launch a new corporate identity and branding, while also improving its ground and on-board service.

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