Bamboo Airways is leasing two (OY-GDB and OY-GDC) Embraer ERJ 195s of Great Dane Airlines for a period of 6 months. Great Dane Airlines will also move 45 employees to Vietnam to operate the aircraft.
The aircraft will operate charter flights from Can Tho to Con Dao, Da Nang to Con Dao, and Hanoi to Con Dao. Services from Ho Chi Minh City to Con Dao are expected as well but not yet confirmed. Great Dane Airlines will become the first Embraer operator in Vietnam.
In a near future Bamboo could exercise its option for an additional Embraer ERJ 195 aircraft, bringing its fleet of the type to four aircraft. This would allow it to continue to pursue growth in Denmark while 2 of its planes operate in Vietnam.
The aircraft are being gradually painted in the Bamboo Airways livery. Great Dane Airlines has given Bamboo Airways the possibility to extend the wet lease agreement until the Summer of 2021, by which time it wants the aircraft back.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): OY-GDC is seen at Palma de Mallorca still flying for Great Dane Airlines. Bamboo Airways (Great Dane Airlines) Embraer ERJ 190-200LR (ERJ 195) OY-GDC (msn 19000204) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 950868.
In cooperation with the Czech Embassy in Vietnam, on March 25, Bamboo Airways operates a humanitarian charter flight from Hanoi to Prague – the capital city of the Czech Republic to repatriate European citizens.
Simultaneously, the flight also transports medical aid goods provided by the Vietnamese Government to the Czech Republic to support the Czech Republic in addressing the shortage of medical equipment when Covid-19 situation is getting more complicated.
The flight departs at 8:20 am on 25 March from Noi Bai International Airport – Hanoi to Prague, Czech Republic, carrying 280 Czech and European passengers.
Bamboo Airways uses its wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to operate this special flight. As one of the most modern wide-body aircraft in the 787 family, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner possesses many state-of-the-art amenities to minimize passenger’s fatigue during the long-haul flight.
Passengers who want to book this flight can contact the Czech Embassy in Vietnamdirectly for more details.
The flight is the first non-stop flight of a Vietnamese domestic airline to the Czech Republic thanks to the cooperation between the Czech Embassy in Vietnam and Bamboo Airways. The flight is even more meaningful when serving social and humanitarian purposes when the whole world is joining hands in the fight against Covid-19.
Strict procedure to ensure safety
To minimize the risk of disease transmission, Bamboo Airways’ representatives said that the Airline strictly and comprehensively complies with the regulations, recommendations of the domestic and foreign authorities.
The flight crew, service and technical staff for this flight are experienced and highly specialized personnels who were carefully selected and trained to ensure maximum health safety for passengers and crew.
The Airline also coordinates with authorities to check the health of all passengers before boarding.
After returning from Prague, the aircraft will be disinfected in the entire cockpit, passenger and cargo compartments according to the highest standards to prevent the risk of virus infection.
Strengthening Vietnam – Czech relations
The operation of this flight shows the efforts in accompanying diplomatic agencies and passengers in the context of Covid-19. Bamboo Airways expects the flight Hanoi – Prague will also practically contribute to strengthening the Vietnam – Czech Republicrelationship and cooperation, especially in 2020 when the two countries are celebrating 70 years of establishing diplomatic relation.
In Bamboo Airways’ plan of developing international flight network, the Czech Republic is also the first destination as the continent’s “new gateway” position.
Since the end of last year, Bamboo Airways has completed the preparation to operate the direct route Hanoi – Prague with the frequency of 2 flights per week and may increase depending on the needs of passengers. This flight route is expected to be put into operation when market conditions is stable enough to ensure maximum health safety for passengers.
Bamboo Airways is operating the first nonstop flight connecting Vietnam and the Czech Republic from March 29, 2020.
After the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany will be the next European market that Bamboo Airways targets in the QI/2020. Accordingly, Bamboo Airways will sign an MoU with Munich Airport, promoting two direct routes connecting Munich – Germany’s third-largest city, with Hanoi Capital and Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam’s largest city.
It is expected that the two direct routes will operate from July 2020, with the frequency of one round-trip flight a week for Hanoi – Munich, and two round-trip flights a week for HCM City – Munich.
These routes will be operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Implementing Directive No. 06/CT-TTg dated January 31, 2020 of the Prime Minister on the prevention and control of acute respiratory infections caused by Corona virus (COVID-19), due to the latest development of the epidemic, to ensure absolute safety for passengers and the community, Bamboo Airways will suspend the operation of two routes Da Nang – Incheon (DAD-ICN) and Nha Trang – Incheon (CXR-ICN) from the date of February 26, 2020.
Currently, DAD/CXR – ICN flights are being daily operated by Bamboo Airways with a frequency of 07 round trips/ week/ route by A321neo with the capacity of 196 – 198 seats. Therefore, the operation suspension of these two routes is an extremely important and necessary action to actively contribute to preventing the spread of epidemic.
Bamboo Airways is very sorry for the inconvenience and hopes to receive the support, sympathy and understanding of dear passengers.
Bamboo Airways will announce the cancellation as well as optimal options to assist passengers who have booked tickets during the operation suspension period of flights to Korea. All passengers, especially Vietnamese citizens or Korean visitors planning to come back to their hometown on Bamboo Airways’ flights, should proactively arrange the return schedule before the above-mentioned deadline.
Bamboo Airways has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner (VN-A819).
The new type will seat 294 passengers including 26 “merchant seats”.
The merchant capsule is designed with spacious space, separately with modern light brown root colors, bringing a pleasant, luxurious and relaxing feeling. The chair can flatten 180 degrees into bed, use high-quality leather and high-quality fabrics from the world’s leading manufacturer such as Botany Weaving (Ireland), Lantal.
Additionally, Business-class seats are equipped with Mood Lighting, which can help passengers adjust colors and lighting. Each passenger will be provided a Handset which has touch and remote control.
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will initially serve the Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh route from Tet 2020.
In 2019, Bamboo Airways will operate 49 routes connecting all major cities to popular tourist destinations in Viet Nam. For the domestic market, we will focus on operating new routes apart from main cities such as Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh and Da Nang. Domestic routes will include tourist destinations such as Quang Binh, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong, Thanh Hoa, Binh Dinh, Phu Quoc and Nha Trang.
With the mission of exploring new destinations, Bamboo Airways delivers unique experiences with direct flights connecting Vietnam to different countries in the region. By 2021, Bamboo Airways is expected to expand direct flights to the US and Europe.
Boeing and Bamboo Airways today confirmed an order for 10 787-9 Dreamliners valued at $3 billion according to list prices. The order for the super-efficient and longest-range member of the Dreamliner family was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi, witnessed by U.S. President Donald Trump and General Secretary and President of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.
This order was previously unidentified on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website.
Bamboo Airways, a startup airline founded in 2017, began commercial operations in January, offering flights linking the capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with cities in Vietnam. The airline plans on offering up to 40 domestic routes in 2019.
Additionally, Bamboo is preparing to launch international service to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Australia, before broadening service to other destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The 787 Dreamliner family allows airlines to fly long ranges while reducing fuel costs by more than 20 percent compared to previous widebody jets. The Dreamliner’s superior efficiency and range have allowed airlines to open more than 210 new non-stops routes around the world since it entered service.
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.
The 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling widebody airplane in history with more than 1,400 orders from 75 customers since its launch. Nearly 800 Dreamliners have entered service around the world, helping airlines save 33 billion pounds of fuel.
Bamboo Airways is wholly-owned by the FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company, focusing on aviation, real estate, resorts, farming, and golf.
Bamboo Airways will launch scheduled passenger operations on January 16, 2019 from Hanoi to the Vietnamese cities of Ho Chi Minh City, Cam Ranh, Da Nang, Dong Hoi, Phu Quoc, Quy Nhon and Buon Ma Thuot also between Ho Chi Minh City and Quy Nhon.
Bamboo Airways will be based at Quy Nhon’s Phu Cat Airport in Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam.
On January 8, 2019, Vietnam Aviation Administration officially granted the Aircraft Operator Certificate (AOC) to Bamboo Airways, officially permitting the airline to operate in Vietnam’s aviation market.
Bamboo Airways is a startup airline owned by Vietnamese construction company, FLC Group.