Bamboo Airways has ordered 10 Boeing
The order, with a list price value of $3
billion, was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi on
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
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.
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.