Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways has today announced plans to fly to Brisbane and Melbourne from the airlines Hanoi hub. The airline intends to ultimately create a service connecting Australia with Europe via Vietnam, putting the airline in direct competition with the likes of Qantas, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines.
Following an announcement in November of last year, the airline is set to commence flights to Australia from October 25.
Who are Bamboo Airways?
Bamboo Airways is a relatively new Vietnamese airline, officially operating its first commercial flight on January 16th 2019. Bamboo is a hybrid airline, blending the best low-cost carrier features with that of full-service airlines. This means Bamboo Airways offers similar services to a full-service airline while keeping prices reasonable.
Do we know the schedule?
In an Instagram post, Bamboo Airlines says flights will start on October 25, reportedly operating eight round-trip flights per week. The airline are yet to publish specific flight times.
What aircraft will Bamboo Airways operate?
Bamboo Airways will operate to Australia using their Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, which seats up to 294 passengers. The airline currently operates three near-new Dreamliners, all of which are reportedly leased from GE Capital Aviation Services. In addition to these leased aircraft, Bamboo Airways has signed an agreement to purchase 30 Boeing 787-9 aircraft with a total listed value of 5.6 billion USD.
The current aircraft features 26 seats in a 1-2-1 reverse herringbone layout in business, 21 premium economy seats in a 2-3-2 configuration and 247 economy seats in a 3-3-3 configuration.