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Bamboo Airways receives two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Released at: 14:12, 24/10/2019

Bamboo Airways receives two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Private carrier takes delivery of aircraft from GE Capital Aviation Services in Singapore on October 22.

by Ngoc Lan

Bamboo Airways officially took delivery of two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from its partner GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) in Singapore on October 22.

The aircraft will be operated in Vietnam from November. With this milestone, Bamboo Airways becomes the first privately-owned Vietnamese airline to use the wide-body aircraft.

This is part of a long-term cooperation agreement between Boeing, GECAS, and Bamboo Airways in the supply of aircraft. It also is the first wide-body aircraft order to be delivered, with the next Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner series to join Bamboo Airways’ fleet in 2020.

In addition to wide-body aircraft, GECAS will continue to provide two new Airbus A321neo aircraft to Bamboo Airways at the Airbus factory in Hamburg, Germany early next year. These two new aircraft will be designed according to the specific requirements of Bamboo Airways. GECAS handed over the first Airbus A321neo aircraft to Bamboo Airways.

Mr. Dang Tat Thang, Standing Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways, said that the handover ceremony for the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from GECAS is an important milestone in the process of expanding Bamboo Airways’ fleet towards standardization, serving the goal of strengthening its flight network, especially international routes. “The continuous receipt of new aircraft, abundant in number and quality standards, plays a key role in bringing Bamboo Airways closer to the goal of providing five-star services on every flight, becoming an airline of international stature,” he added.

GECAS highly appreciates the development and strategic potential of the FLC Group, the owner of the carrier, in general and of Bamboo Airways in particular. With the above agreement, GECAS pledges to work closely with Bamboo Airways to make the handing over and receipt of aircraft take place on schedule.

Bamboo Airways has signed an agreement to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners with a total listed value of $5.6 billion. At the end of 2019, the airline’s fleet will reach 30 aircraft, with the goal of continuing to grow to 100 by 2024.

Bamboo Airways is operating 27 domestic and international routes, connecting major cities and famous tourist destinations in Vietnam and Vietnam with the world. It is expected that by the end of this year the carrier will expand its network to 37-40 routes, including long-haul routes to Asia, Europe, and the Americas.

GECAS is the world’s leading company in aviation financial services, providing a wide range of aviation financial services including aircraft leasing, engine leasing, asset management, and aircraft consulting. It has a fleet of nearly 2,000 aircraft and 270 partners worldwide, including leading airlines such as Qatar Airways, Vistara, Allegheny Airlines, and others.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is currently the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the skies, with many new technologies applied to minimize the weight of the aircraft and reduce the frequency of maintenance. Compared to similar aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner consumes 20 per cent less fuel and has 30-40 per cent less maintenance costs.

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