Vietnam’s FLC Group has signed a Memorandum of
Understanding with Airbus for up to 24 A321neo aircraft for future
operation by start-up carrier Bamboo Airways.
Bamboo Airways is set to begin
operations in 2019 with aircraft on lease from third party lessors
before taking delivery of the aircraft covered by this MOU with
The carrier will focus on linking international markets to
Vietnamese leisure destinations, as well as on selected domestic
"After evaluating carefully the competing
products, FLC Group and Bamboo Airways have selected the A321neo
as the most efficient option for our new operation,” said Trinh
Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group.
“The A321neo will enable us to combine comfort, efficiency and the right capacity for our planned services, which will primarily
serve fast growing leisure markets in Vietnam.”
FLC Group is one of the
largest conglomerates in Vietnam and is involved in a wide range
of businesses including real estate development, hotel
construction and management, financial services, and mining.
Bamboo will in particular serve destinations where FLC Group has
heavily invested in tourism infrastructure.
The A321 is the
largest member of the A320 Family and can seat up to 240 passengers
depending on cabin configuration. The A321neo is capable of flying up to 4,000 nautical miles non-stop.