Thursday, 10 January 2019

Bamboo to head skywards this month

Bamboo Airways, the new startup low-cost airline in Vietnam is poised to take to the skies from the end of this month according to local sources.

The firm has now secured its operating licences from the local authorities following a series of delays the forced the December proposed start date of operations to be suspended.  Now the new carrier plans to operate its maiden flight before the end of the month, with tickets going on sale from 12noon local time on 12th January.

The budget airline has plans to operate up to 37 routes within Vietnam and the region to connect the major cities and make it easier and cheaper for the population to get around, reducing the pressure on aviation infrastructure in the region.

The launch services will, we're told, include rotations between  Hanoi, Vinh, Dong Hoi, Nha Trang, Qui Nhon and Phu Quoc and during 2019, the company says it will "launch international air flights to Asian countries, starting with Japan, Korea and Singapore,". Eventually, the budget carrier plans to go long-haul with flights to London, Paris and other key European cities.

The airline has received its first aircraft, an Airbus A321neo or which it has orders for more than 20, it also has signed understanding memorandums with Boeing for up to 20 787 aircraft.