HANOI, VIETNAM"Vietnam Airlines plans to sell some of its aircraft to restructure its fleet. The airline will sell nine A321s and six ATR-72s this month and an additional 12 A321s through 2022 and 2023.

The airline's goal is to accelerate fleet modernization by replacing aircraft older than 12 years.

The Vietnamese flag carrier currently has 106 aircraft, including 29 wide-body planes, and seven ATR-72s. The company already sold two A321s.

Eight wide-body passenger planes and seven A321s were transformed for cargo use during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The airline currently has five Airbus A320neo and four Boeing 787-10 on order waiting to be delivered.