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Bamboo Airways buys 20 Dreamliners

Released at: 15:20, 26/06/2018

Bamboo Airways buys 20 Dreamliners

Photo: FLC Group

Carrier and Boeing sign $5.6 billion agreement, with aircraft to be delivered by 2021.

by Ngoc Lan

The FLC Group’s Bamboo Airways has signed a $5.6 billion agreement with Boeing in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue to purchase 20 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.

Bamboo Airways placed a deposit on the 20 aircraft, which are expected to be handed over between April 2020 and 2021.

Mr. Nguyen Van Quyet, Chairman of the FLC Group, said that Bamboo Airways’ long-term goal is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe and North America, and the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will play an important role in meeting this goal due to its superior performance. “The high-end interior of the Dreamliner also fits in with international standards of comfort and service, making Bamboo Airways the first airline in Vietnam to offer the seat type in First Class,” he said.

Mr. Dinesh Keskar, Deputy President of Boeing in Asia-Pacific and India, believes the Boeing 787 is perfect for Bamboo Airways’ long-haul flights, laying the groundwork for its success in the years to come. “We are honored to welcome Bamboo Airways to the ‘Boeing’s family’ and hope it will soon join the group of airlines flying 787 Dreamliners, which is increasing in number in the world,” he said.

The agreement also marked the first purchase of wide-body by Bamboo Airways. The 787 Dreamliner is a completely new model of aircraft in the commercial aircraft generation. Since 2011, more than 640 have been delivered, serving 226 million passengers on 680 routes around the world and saving about 10 million tons of fuel.

The FLC Group signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airbus last March for up to 24 A321neo aircraft for Bamboo Airways, in the presence of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong during his official visit to France.

Established in 2017, Bamboo Airways is a member of the FLC Group, has charter capital of VND700 billion ($31.1 million), and is a pioneer in the hybrid model (a combination of traditional and low-cost carriers). Passengers will be offered the same facilities as traditional airlines at only a slightly higher cost than on budget carriers.

In its first year of operations, Bamboo Airways is expected to operate eight to ten routes to priority domestic destinations such as Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Quy Nhon, and Nha Trang.

In subsequent years it will add international routes to Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan. By 2023 it will open long-haul routes to the Americas, Europe, and Africa.

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