New Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways looks now at serving more European markets. After Prague, the carrier plans to fly to Munich in summer. The airline remains committed to serve more European routes by studying the market potential of other countries within the EU.
In the flow of bad news, there is at least one airline with a positive story: Bamboo Airways. The carrier is on a growth path following its strong ambition to become ASEAN newest international player, with a mission of opening up further Vietnam and of raising Vietnam’s image and people on the international map.
The 2017 carrier of the leisure and holiday group FLC wants to turn into a new internationally recognised brand. “We have a clear strategy to build Bamboo Airways as a 5-star airline operating both domestic and international routes. Beside an outstanding business model, we also aspire to deliver new service standards to our passengers with comfort, relaxation and satisfaction on every trip,” highlights Chairman Trinh Van Quyet of FLC Group.
In March 2018, an agreement between FLC Group and France’s Airbus Group to buy 24 aircrafts A321NEO was signed representing an investment worth US$ 3.1 billion. June 2018, FLC Group also signed an agreement with Boeing to buy 20 new aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, worth of US$ 5.6 billion. The airline started its activity in January 2019, flying from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Dong Hoi and Quy Nhon, home to some of FLC Group resorts but also to Buon Mha Thuot, Cam Ranh/Nha Trang, Can Tho, Dalat, Danang, Haiphong, Phu Quoc, Pleiku, Tuy Hoa as well as between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Hanoi is the main hub of the airline.
The carrier in parallel started flying on international regional routes such as Hanoi-Seoul, Hanoi-Kaohsiung and Hanoi-Taipei. But the big jump came early this year when Bamboo Airways announced to start flying from Hanoi to Prague starting March 29. The Czech route will be operated twice weekly and could be further boosted if demand follows. The airline will fly the route with its brand new Dreamline with two classes of service, including Business and Economy classes.
A lower fare is available for travellers with only a hand luggage with the possibility to add a checked luggage for an additional fee. Bamboo Airways will be the only airline to operate a direct route from the Czech Republic to ASEAN.
From July, the airline is also planning to fly from both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Munich, the first ever route linking Munich to Vietnam. Frequencies will include one weekly flight to Hanoi and two weekly services to Ho Chi Minh City. These routes will also be operated by a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
The airline is meanwhile continuing to research, evaluate the European market and seek potential partners in the European Union such as in the Netherlands, Spain, France and the UK.
In 2020, Bamboo Airways’ fleet is expected to reach 50 aircraft, including 12 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. By 2025, the Airline plans to operate 100 aircraft and serve 50 million passengers.