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Fri, 1 March 2019

Bamboo Airways Orders 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

Bamboo Airways has ordered 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The order, with a list price value of $3 billion, was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday, witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump and General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.

"We are excited to be adding the new 787 Dreamliner to our growing fleet," said Mr. Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group and owner of Bamboo Airways. "Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam with key markets in Asia, Europe and North America and the Dreamliner will enable us to launch these long-haul operations. The 787's superior operating economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger pleasing interior of the Dreamliner, will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers."

Bamboo Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. Click to enlarge.

Bamboo Airways, a startup airline founded in 2017, began commercial operations in January 2019, offering flights linking the capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh (Saigon) with cities in Vietnam. The airline plans on offering up to 40 domestic routes in 2019.

The airline is also preparing to launch international services to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, before broadening its network to other destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.

"The 787 Dreamliner's unmatched efficiency, range and flexibility make it the perfect airplane for Bamboo Airways to achieve its long-range ambitions. We are excited to advance the partnership between Boeing and Bamboo Airways and we look forward to helping them connect Asia with Europe, North America and beyond," said Kevin McAllister, president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

At 63 meters (206 feet), the 787-9 can fly 290 passengers, in a typical two-class configuration, up to 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 kilometers). The airplane is 6 meters longer than the original Dreamliner and is capable of carrying more passengers and flying farther.

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