Vietnam Bamboo Airways takes first flight

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Vietnam’s newest commercial carrier Bamboo Airways took flight Wednesday January 16th 2019, officially entering Southeast Asia’s crowded aviation sector where it will face stiff competition from established players.

Air travel in the region has boomed in recent years as appetites — and budgets — for travel have soared among spendthrift flyers.

Bamboo is hoping to tap into the saturated market by offering routes to lesser-known destinations in Vietnam currently underserved by heavy-hitters like Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Vietjet.

“Bamboo Airways will become a five-star airline to serve domestic and international passengers,” Bamboo owner Trinh Van Quyet said at Hanoi’s Noi Bai airport after the inaugural flight landed from Ho Chi Minh City Wednesday morning.

Born poor in northern Vinh Phuc province, Quyet is best known in Vietnam for building a vast real estate empire FLC Group, which has built luxury hotels, golf courses and condominiums across the country and is the parent company of Bamboo.

The property tycoon told AFP in an interview last year that he hopes to offer customers integrated travel packages to his resorts at affordable prices.

But analysts have warned that travellers are moving away from package deals and prefer to tailor their own trips online.

Bamboo will operate eight domestic routes daily, with plans to fly from Hanoi to Japan, South Korea and Singapore later this year and eventually to Europe.

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

Regional and domestic airlines are scrambling to keep up with that growth as Vietnam’s airports strain to accommodate an increasing number of flights and passengers.

National carrier Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet, infamous for its bikini-clad air hostesses, currently dominate international and domestic travel.

Bamboo is not the only carrier looking to edge into the sector.

Last month, Malaysian budget airline AirAsia signed an agreement with a Vietnamese travel firm to launch a low-cost carrier in Vietnam, though a timeline for takeoff was not provided.

Bamboo Airways Vietnam image, picture Vietnam Bamboo Airlines
Photo Taken In Cam Pha Mines, Vietnam- Bamboo Airways Fleet

BAMBOO AIRWAYS FLEETS

Airbus A321NEO
The Airbus A321NEO was recently purchased by Bamboo Airways for short-haul in order to provide services more efficient, convenient, and contribution to the growth of resort market in Vietnam. The A321NEO position in mid-range market is enhanced because of its optimized performance and ideal fuel efficiency.
The A321NEO is a new version in the A321 family – the biggest aircraft in the A320’s family of the Airbus, has capability of carrying up to 240 passengers. Utilizing state-of-the-art engines and technology, the A321NEO promises to reduce the fuel consumption up to 20% by 2020. It is also an aircraft with a single aisle, and can travel up to 6,437km non-stop.

In 2019, Bamboo Airways will operate 20 Airbus A320 aircrafts.
By 2020, our fleet will be raised with 40 A320 and A321 aircrafts and 20 Boeing B787-9 aircrafts.
Oriented to 2022, we will have 60 A320 and A321 aircrafts and 40 Boeing B787-9 aircrafts.

Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is the newest and most modern generation of wide-body aircraft from Boeing ordered by Bamboo Airways. Compared to previous generations of civil aircraft, the B787 has many technological breakthroughs.

BAMBOO AIRWAYS TRAVEL ROUTE NETWORK

Upon serving travel needs of passengers, Bamboo Aireways will operate 37 routes connecting to all major cities and popular tourist destinations in Vietnam in 2019. For the domestic market, Bamboo Aireways will focus on exploiting new routes beside the main cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. Domestic routes will be targeted at tourist destinations such as Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.

With the mission of exploring new destinations, Bamboo Airways delivers unique experiences with direct flights connecting Vietnam to regional countries. By 2021, Bamboo Airways is expected to expand direct flights to the US and Europe. This will help our passengers reduce transit flights, saving time and money.

Discovering Vietnam and the world at a reasonable price, and friendly service from absolute hospitality is what you can expect from Bamboo Airways. And we believe that means more than just a flight!

FARE CLASS WITH BAMBOO AIRWAYS

Bamboo Airways has designed Bamboo fare classes to give you maximum flexibility.

Fare Class Bamboo Airways Vietnam
Fare Class Bamboo Airways Vietnam


Each fare class has been designed for your flexibility and value-for-money:

  • Bamboo Eco. For the budget conscious, this fare removes baggage and other services allowing you to save money. If you need to add bags or other services you can add them later. True economy.
  • Bamboo Plus. For those who want to have greater flexibility in their travel. Bamboo Plus allows luggage, name changes and multiple payment options. True flexibility.
  • Bamboo Business. For the business minded, our business class product offers full flexibility for your travel along with a dedicated on-board product. True value.

Child: from 2 years to under 12 years of age upon departure date of the first flight sector of itinerary is counted 75% of adult fare.

Infant: under 2 years of age (at the time of traveling on the first flight.) only need to pay VND100.000/infant (excluded VAT) of service fee in the cabin. Infant must be sat on an accompanied adult’s lap and is unacceptable for a separate seat in the cabin.

HOW TO PAY BAMBOO AIRWAYS

Convenient payment options for your flight with us
If you are booking on www.bambooairways.com the company supports many payment options. Once you have booked your flight you can pay for your flight by:

  • Pay now: the final step in booking process.
  • Pay Later: You can pay by cash at our branch offices:
  • Hanoi Branch: 3rd floor, N01-T3 Building, Embassy Garden, Xuan Tao Ward, Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam.
  • Ho Chi Minh City Branch: 2nd floor, SASCO building, Tan Son Nhat international airport, No 45 Truong Son Road, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
  • Note: Pay now or Pay Later is varied from fare classes.

HOW TO CONTACT BAMBOO AIRWAYS

  • Headquarter: Zone 4, Nhon Ly-Cat Tien Tourism Area, Nhon Ly Commune, Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.
  • Hanoi Branch: 3rd floor, N01-T3 Building, Embassy Garden, Xuan Tao Ward, Bac Tu Liem District, Hanoi Capital, Vietnam.
  • Ho Chi Minh City Branch: 2nd floor, SASCO building, Tan Son Nhat international airport, No 45 Truong Son Road, Ward 2, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam.
  • Phone number: 1900 1166
  • E-mail: 19001166@bambooairways.com
  • Contact Vietnam Budget Tour info@vietnambudgettour.com to have further supports

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