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Vietnam’s Newest Airline, Bamboo Airways, Takes its First Flight


February 4, 2019

Published on Feb 4, 2019

Reuters

Bamboo Airways, the newest commercial carrier to launch in Vietnam, took its inaugural flight on January 16 from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. 

The start-up airline offers routes to Vietnamese destinations that are currently underserved by other domestic airlines like Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet. Bamboo will operate eight domestic routes daily to locations like southern coastal paradise Nha Trang to Dong Hoi, the “cave kingdom” in the country’s center. The carrier plans to fly from Hanoi to Japan, South Korea, and Singapore later this year and eventually to Europe. 

“We have a clear strategy to build Bamboo Airways as a 5-star airline operating both domestic and international routes. Besides an outstanding business model, we also aspire to deliver new service standards to our passengers with comfort, relaxation, and satisfaction on every trip,” says Bamboo’s chairman Trinh Van Quyet. 

According to AFP, Vietnam’s aviation sector is surging, with passenger numbers skyrocketing to 62 million last year from 25 million in 2012. 

But Bamboo is not the only airline looking to take advantage of those numbers. AirAsia recently signed an agreement with a Vietnamese travel firm to launch a budget carrier in the country, though a timeline for takeoff has not yet been released. 

 

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