JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways launch date postponed due to licensing issues

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways launch date postponed due to licensing issues

Thursday, December 27, 2018, 22:09 GMT+7
Vietnam's Bamboo Airways launch date postponed due to licensing issues
A Bamboo Airways plane is seen in this photo. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will yet again delay its first commercial flight until next year as the new airline has not obtained all necessary licenses from local authorities.

Bamboo Airlines’ maiden flight will be launched in mid-January, its chief executive officer Dang Tat Thang said on Thursday in an emailed statement.

Airline chairman Trinh Van Quyet told Reuters in an interview last month that it aimed to launch the first domestic flight on December 29, after failing to launch services in October as previously planned.

A company source told Reuters this week that the airline is still waiting for the issuance of an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

“We are closely coordinating with the authorities so that the preparations for the first flight can be done in a prudent and accurate manner, and therefore changing the date for the first flight is necessary and requisite,” Thang said in Thursday’s statement.

Bamboo Airways, Vietnam’s fifth airline, signed a provisional deal to buy 20 Boeing 787-9 wide-body jets worth $5.6 billion at list prices in July, as well as a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for up to 24 A320neo narrow-bodies in March.

Thang said Bamboo would have a fleet of 20 planes within the first quarter next year, with expansion to 40-50 by end-2019.

Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways will yet again delay its first commercial flight until next year as the new airline has not obtained all necessary licenses from local authorities.

Bamboo Airlines’ maiden flight will be launched in mid-January, its chief executive officer Dang Tat Thang said on Thursday in an emailed statement.

Airline chairman Trinh Van Quyet told Reuters in an interview last month that it aimed to launch the first domestic flight on December 29, after failing to launch services in October as previously planned.

A company source told Reuters this week that the airline is still waiting for the issuance of an Air Operator Certificate by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam.

“We are closely coordinating with the authorities so that the preparations for the first flight can be done in a prudent and accurate manner, and therefore changing the date for the first flight is necessary and requisite,” Thang said in Thursday’s statement.

Bamboo Airways, Vietnam’s fifth airline, signed a provisional deal to buy 20 Boeing 787-9 wide-body jets worth $5.6 billion at list prices in July, as well as a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for up to 24 A320neo narrow-bodies in March.

Thang said Bamboo would have a fleet of 20 planes within the first quarter next year, with expansion to 40-50 by end-2019.

Reuters

More

Read more

;

Photos

VIDEOS

‘Taste of Australia’ gala dinner held in Ho Chi Minh City after 2-year hiatus

Taste of Australia Gala Reception has returned to the Park Hyatt Hotel in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Vietnamese woman gives unconditional love to hundreds of adopted children

Despite her own immense hardship, she has taken in and cared for hundreds of orphans over the past three decades.

Vietnam’s Mekong Delta celebrates spring with ‘hat boi’ performances

The art form is so popular that it attracts people from all ages in the Mekong Delta

Vietnamese youngster travels back in time with clay miniatures

Each work is a scene caught by Dung and kept in his memories through his journeys across Vietnam

Latest news