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CAAV grants Aircraft Operator Certificate to Bamboo Airways

Released at: 18:42, 08/01/2019

CAAV grants Aircraft Operator Certificate to Bamboo Airways

Photo: Bamboo Airways

Certificate brings airline into operation in local aviation market.

by Ngoc Lan

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) officially granted an Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC) to Bamboo Airways on January 8, bringing the airline into operation in the local aviation market.

Bamboo Airways passed the five stages of verification for receiving the AOC.

In addition to careful preparation of operational standards, it also has perfected its human resources, technology, facilities, and other matters.

At the same time, the company affirmed its capacity in the self-management of flight operations, maintenance, engineering, and commercial transport.

Mr. Dang Tat Thang, General Director of Bamboo Airways, said the AOC is the result of four years of effort by all Bamboo Airways employees. “I believe the AOC is the first important step for Bamboo Airways,” he added.

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.

Bamboo Airways plans to operate 37 flight routes this year, connecting all major cities and popular tourist destinations in Vietnam and internationally.

The airline will conduct 60 domestic flights each day. The first domestic routes include Hanoi - Quy Nhon, Hanoi - Dong Hoi, Ho Chi Minh City - Quy Nhon, Hanoi - Ho Chi Minh City, and Ho Chi Minh City - Van Don, with the aim of reducing pressure on aviation infrastructure in major cities, strengthening regional connectivity, and promoting Vietnam’s tourism on the international stage.

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.

From March to June 2018, it signed two agreements to purchase A321neo and 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft worth $8.8 billion from Airbus and Boeing. The airline is also leasing 20 aircraft to operate in the first quarter of 2019 as well as additional wide-body aircraft.

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