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Bamboo Airways signs tourism cooperation agreement

Released at: 14:30, 13/04/2019

Bamboo Airways signs tourism cooperation agreement

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Agreement signed with Nghe An Tourism Association and Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association.

by Ngoc Lan

The FLC Group’s Bamboo Airways signed a cooperation agreement on tourism development with the Nghe An Tourism Association and the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association on April 11, within the framework of an event promoting north-central Nghe An province.

Bamboo Airways will coordinate with and support the two associations in four main tasks: information exchange and sharing, cooperation in tourism product development, promoting tourism, and coordinating with the Vietnam Tourism Association.

Promoting the advantages of each party, the cooperation agreement is expected to build specific tour products under the “Tourism and discover the beauty of Nghe An” program, and fully exploit resources to maximize the comparative advantages of each locality, thereby developing the tourism market and enhancing visitor exchange between Nghe An and Ho Chi Minh City by air.

Ms. Nguyen Thi Khanh, Vice Chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh City Tourism Association, said the cooperation agreement with Bamboo Airways is as an initial step in connecting the two tourism markets. “The association commits to working closely with Bamboo Airways to exchange information regularly about plans, the market situation, and tour products, to offer the most suitable and attractive incentive programs for customers,” she said.

Ms. Vo Thi Thuy Duong, Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, said the goal and significance of this cooperation deal is part of Bamboo Airways’ long-term vision. “We focus on exploiting niche markets and connecting emerging tourist destinations around the country, thereby aiming to strengthen regional links, promote socioeconomic development, and make tourism become a key industry in Vietnam,” she said.

After beginning commercial operations in January, Bamboo Airways has identified Nghe An as one of the key markets in its operational strategy. The company is conducting four routes that connect the provincial capital Vinh with major cities and aims to increase the frequency of domestic flights from Vinh Airport to at least 20 round-trip flights per day, and open international routes from the city to initial destinations such as Thailand and Singapore.

Bamboo Airways hopes to contribute to attracting investment and strengthening regional links between Nghe An and major tourism, economic, cultural, and social centers around the country, to build Vinh in particular and Nghe An province in general into an important economic and transport hub in Vietnam and the region.

The carrier currently operates 17 domestic routes connecting major cities and tourist destinations, with its first international routes, to Japan, to start in April. In the second quarter of this year, it plans to continue to open international routes to South Korea, Singapore, Europe, Asia, Australia, and US.

To serve its international flight plans, Bamboo Airways has recently signed an agreement to purchase aircraft from Airbus, bringing its total number of Airbus A321neo aircraft to 50. This is part of the fleet development process towards standardizing aircraft lines, with the Airbus A321neo for its narrow-bodied fleet and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner for its wide-bodied fleet.

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