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Start-up Bamboo Airways launches flights in crowded Vietnam market

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 17, 2019 12:29

Start-up Bamboo Airways launches flights in crowded Vietnam market

Bamboo Airways launched its long-delayed maiden commercial flight to become the fifth Vietnamese airline, heightening competition in the aviation sector of the Southeast Asian nation which is emerging as a popular tourist destination. The start-up airline, owned by property and leisure firm FLC Group, operated eight domestic flights on Wednesday. The inaugural flight landed at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Intl airport at 0830 local time after taking off from Ho Chi Minh City carrying 180 passengers and five crew members, the airline said in a statement. The flights, which came after the launch date was postponed twice, would be welcome news for planemakers Boeing and Airbus, adding a measure of certainty to the airline’s orderbook. Bamboo Airways signed a provisional deal in July to buy 20 Boeing 787-9 wide-body jets worth $5.6 billion at list prices, and a memorandum of understanding in March with Airbus for up to 24 A320neo narrow-bodied aircraft.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor January 17, 2019 12:29

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