June 27, 2018: In a latest move, Vietnamese start up airline Bamboo Airways has placed $5.6 billion order for 20 787-9 Dreamliners with US aircraft manufacturer Boeing. Bamboo Airways plans to begin commercial operations in 2019 out of the capital city of Hanoi.
The announcement was made during a signing ceremony at the US Chamber of Commerce office, witnessed by Vuong Dinh Hue, deputy prime minister of Vietnam, and Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration.
As part of the agreement, Bamboo Airways completed the deposit requirement in mid-June to reserve the 20 airplanes, which are tentatively scheduled to deliver from April 2020 through 2021.
“We are excited to introduce these new 787 Dreamliners into our fleet as we prepare to launch long-haul operations to international markets,” said Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of FLC Group, 100 percent owner of Bamboo Airways.
“Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam to key markets within Asia, Europe and North America and the capabilities of these new state-of-the-art Dreamliners will help us achieve our goals. The 787's superior economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger pleasing interior of the Dreamliner will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers.”
The carrier plans to offer flights within Vietnam before expanding into other Northeast Asian markets such as China, Korea and Japan.
“We are confident that the 787 will help launch Bamboo's long-haul operations and serve as the foundation of their success for many years to come,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
At 20 feet (6 meters) longer than the 787-8, the 787-9 extends the family in capacity and range, flying more passengers and more cargo farther.
Bamboo Airways is wholly-owned by the FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company, focusing on aviation, real estate, resorts, farming, and golf.