New Vietnam airline to begin flying next week

By Anh Tu   January 12, 2019 | 10:08 pm PT
Bamboo Airways, Vietnam's newest airline, has begun ticket sales and its first flight is scheduled to take off next Wednesday.

The airline has just officially opened ticket sales on Saturday. It has three ticket classes, Economy, Flexible Economy and Business Class, and unlike other low-cost carriers like VietJet and Jetstar Pacific, all passengers will be served hot meals or snacks.

The carrier has announced a slew of promotions such as combining air tickets with hotel rooms at resorts owned by FLC Group, its parent company, and golfing. 

Speaking to VnExpress, Duong Thi Mai Hoa, the airline’s vice president, said the first flights would be to Hanoi, HCMC, Danang and popular tourist destinations such as the central provinces of Quy Nhon, Quang Binh and Thanh Hoa and the northern province of Quang Ninh.  

Bamboo Airways start off with 60 domestic flights a day. Later this year it will fly to Japan, Korea and Singapore. 

Bamboo Airways was founded in mid-2017 with a charter capital of VND700 billion ($30 million), which it increased to VND1.3 trillion ($55.68 million) recently.

The airline has signed deals to buy 24 Airbus A320neo and 20 Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner aircraft for around $8.6 billion.

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

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