Earlier this year I reported of the plans to launch a new hybrid airline in Vietnam, Bamboo Airways, and now they received their license to operate from the aviation authorities in Vietnam, allowing them to start flying within 45 days – or in early 2019. The airline industry is notoriously difficult, so it’s great to see another airline enter the market and in this case connecting more of Vietnam to the world!
Bamboo Airways has 24 Airbus A321neo on order and will start operating flights in Vietnam as well as to China, Korea and Japan. The inaugural flight will be between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, the two largest cities of Vietnam.
In addition to the A321 short- and medium-haul planes, Bamboo also has 20 Boeing B787 on order, that should start arriving in April 2020. Bamboo Airways is planning to launch service to additional destinations in Asia, as well as flights to Europe and North America, giving more people direct access to Vietnam.
Bamboo Airways is planning to eventually serve 100 destinations around the world – certainly an ambitious plan. As reported earlier, I like the plan to operate as a hybrid airline with premium choices for travelers, rather than being yet another low-cost-carrier offering the bare minimum. I have plans to visit Vietnam early next year and it would be great to try them out on that opportunity. I will keep you posted!
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HT: Business Traveler AP