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Bamboo Airways appoints new general director after predecessor quits

By Anh Tu   July 29, 2022 | 05:24 am PT
Bamboo Airways appointed new general director Friday night after Dang Tat Thang, who helped set up the airline in the early days, resigned as its chairman and general director.

Nguyen Manh Quan took the new position after having served as the carrier's deputy general director.

Quan joined Bamboo Airways in July 2020 and has 30 years of experience in aviation, service, and commerce. He used to work for the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam Airlines, Noi Bai Airport Services Company, and Vinpearl.

Bamboo Airways said in a statement Friday: "The transition of the general director position is part of the work to consolidate the high-ranking management system to speed up the process of restructuring of and selecting strategic investors for FLC and Bamboo Airways."

Dang Tat Thang (L), former general director of Bamboo Airways, and his successor Nguyen Manh Quan at a ceremony on July 29, 2022. Photo by Bamboo Airways

Dang Tat Thang (L), former general director of Bamboo Airways, and his successor Nguyen Manh Quan at a ceremony on July 29, 2022. Photo by Bamboo Airways

After leaders of property group FLC, the parent company of Bamboo Airways, got into legal trouble earlier this year, the airline has been in the process of looking for new investors to accompany and serve its future development needs.

According to a source of VnExpress, Thang said in his resignation letter that for some personal reasons, there were many things that he needs to sort out, therefore he could not arrange to continue his current positions. He also resigned as FLC's vice chairman.

Thang, 41, was appointed chairman of FLC and Bamboo Airways after former chairman Trinh Van Quyet was arrested at the end of March for allegedly manipulating the stock market.

He served as FLC's vice chairman from early this month after the group elected Le Ba Nguyen as its new chairman for until 2026 at an extraordinary shareholders' meeting.

Dang Tat Thang, former chairman and general director of Bamboo Airways, former vice president of FLC. Photo by FLC

Dang Tat Thang, former chairman and general director of Bamboo Airways, former vice president of FLC. Photo by FLC

Thang started working at FLC in 2014 as deputy general director, in charge of investment and project development. He was the leader of Bamboo Airways from the early days of its establishment in 2018.

Under his management, Bamboo Airways has generated rapid development with a roster of 30 aircraft and became the first private airline in Vietnam to operate wide-body aircraft. After over three years, Bamboo Airways is operating nearly 60 domestic routes and 12 international routes, including routes to the U.K., Germany and Australia.

In his most recent public appearance in July, Thang said that Bamboo Airways aims to increase its roster to 100 aircraft by 2028.

 
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