A new Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways has announced their intention to venture into the mid- and longhaul market with brand-new 787-9 Dreamliner. The airline and Boeing have announced this deal at a ceremony with Vietnam's deputy prime minister and Nazak Nikakhtar, Assistant Secretary for Industry and Analysis. An initial payment was already made in mid-June to reserve delivery slots for the aircraft.
A preliminary schedule sees the planes being delivered from April 2020 through 2021. Initial destinations will cover China, Japan and Korea before the airline plans to launch longhaul flights to Europe and the US, Berlin and Paris have been named as potential destinations.
Trinh Van Quyet, CEO of FLC Group, which backs the airline said in a statement: "We are excited to introduce these new 787 Dreamliner into our fleet as we prepare to launch long-haul operations to international markets.", adding: "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 Dreamliner will help us achieve our goals."
According to Dinesh Keskar, Vice President for Boeing in Asia, Boeing is delighted to welcome Bamboo Airways to the Boeing family and is looking forward to Bamboo joining the growing group of global airlines that fly the 787 Dreamliner and he is confident that the 787 will help launch Bamboo's long-haul operations.
Bamboo Airways was revealed earlier in 2018 and is being backed by a Vietnamese conglomerate (FLC Group) and plans to launch its first flight in late 2018 or early 2019 with leased planes before their first A321neo arrives in 2020.