Bamboo Airways receives first aircraft, to take off earlier than planned

By Anh Tu   December 17, 2018 | 10:53 am GMT+7
Bamboo Airways receives first aircraft, to take off earlier than planned
Bamboo Airways, has advanced its maiden flight by two days to December 27. Photo acquired by VnExpress

Vietnam's newest airline, Bamboo Airways, has advanced its maiden flight by two days to December 27, its CEO said Sunday.

Speaking to VnExpress, Dang Tat Thanh said the private carrier’s first aircraft, an Airbus A319 leased from an Irish company, has arrived in Hanoi.

Earlier, Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of FLC, the company that owns the airline, had said the first flight would be on December 29.

Bamboo Airways received the aviation license to become Vietnam's fifth airline early last month. But it is still awaiting an aircraft operator certificate and permissions for parking and selling tickets.

It is also leasing an Airbus A320 from the same Irish company, and the airplane is expected to arrive later this month or early next month.

Bamboo Airways is allowed to operate 10 aircraft on both domestic and international routes and to carry passengers and cargo on its flights.

It plans to fly on 100 routes, connecting Vietnam's major cities with popular domestic and international tourist destinations.

The carrier was founded with a charter capital of VND700 billion ($30 million), which it increased recently to VND1.3 trillion ($55.68 million).

It has signed deals to buy 24 Airbus A320neo and 20 Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft worth a total of $8.6 billion.

The other four carriers in Vietnam are Vietnam Airlines, Vietjet Air, Jetstar Pacific and VASCO.

 
 
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