Bamboo Airways Takes Delivery of Their First 787s

Peter Lam| 12/23/2019

Credit: Bamboo Airways

Bamboo Airways, a Vietnamese startup carrier, has received their first 2 787 Dreamliners from the Boeing company. These Dreamliners allow for the airline to expand its route network to new destinations. 

The startup carrier originally ordered 20 787-9s in June 2018. However, they ordered 10 more 787s in February, making it a total of 30 Dreamliners on order. Bamboo Airways will operate these 787s along with the Airbus A321neos, which they have 4 in their fleet as of December 2019. 

But you may wonder why the airline decided to order the 787. Bamboo Airways themselves stated, "Compared to similar aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner consumes 20% less in terms of fuel cost and 30-40% less in terms of maintenance cost. Accordingly, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can fly the long distance up to 13,950km." 

Credit: Bamboo Airways

Currently, they are using their A321neos on routes within Vietnam. Some Vietnamese cities they serve include Hanoi, Quy Nhon, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang. However, recently, they launched flights between Seoul's Incheon Airport and Da Nang International Airport.

But with 30 of the 787s, Bamboo Airways is keen on launching new routes to expand their network. They are planning on launching routes to Melbourne (Australia), Prague (Czech Republic), as well as other destinations in Europe and the United States. 

In my opinion, I think Bamboo Airways made a good decision that I have rarely seen any startup airlines have done. I hope they will continue to expand and operate nonstop services to many cities across the world.

However, I would like to hear from you guys. What is your opinion on this? Do you think Bamboo Airways is expanding too quickly? DId they make the right decision by ordering the 787? Will we finally see an airline operate nonstop flights between Vietnam and the USA? Leave your opinion in the comments below. 

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