Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways confirms Boeing Dreamliner order

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Boeing and Vietnamese airline Bamboo Airways have confirmed an order for ten Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth a total of US$3 billion. The order for the longest-range member of the Dreamliner family was unveiled during a signing ceremony in Hanoi on 27 February. Attending the event were US president Donald Trump and general secretary and president of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong.

The chairman and owner of Bamboo Airways, Mr Trinh Van Quyet, stated: “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 Boeing 787’s superior operating economics and efficiency will allow us to successfully grow our business while enabling us to better serve our customers.”

Bamboo Airways, which was founded in 2017, began commercial operations in January, offering flights linking the capital of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with other cities in Vietnam. The airline is planning to offer up to 40 domestic routes this year. The airline is also preparing to launch an international service to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and Australia before adding additional routes to destinations in Asia, Europe and North America.

The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the fastest-selling widebody aircraft 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.

BOC Aviation delivers Boeing 737 MAX 9 to Icelandair

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Aircraft leasing company BOC Aviation on February 25 delivered its first Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft to its latest customer, Icelandair, based in Reykjavik.

“Following the successful induction of the Boeing MAX 8 into our fleet last year, we are delighted to add the first of our MAX 9 aircraft to assist Icelandair with its expansion and re-fleeting programme,” said Steven Townend, chief commercial officer for BOC Aviation. “With our focus on investing in the latest technology jets, we remain committed to providing our customers with aircraft that feature the most innovative and fuel-efficient solutions,” he added.

Bogi Nils Bogason, chief executive officer of Icelandair Group, commented: “We are very pleased to team up with BOC Aviation for financing of our first 737 MAX 9 aircraft delivered from Boeing. We are confident that the outstanding economics of the aircraft will help us with the continued expansion of Icelandair’s route network.”

“We are excited to deliver the first 737 MAX 9 for BOC Aviation, a valued partner over the last 25 years and a lessor that continued to grow its diverse portfolio of fuel-efficient and in-demand aircraft,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice-president of commercial sales and marketing for the Boeing Company. “With the 737 MAX 9, BOC Aviation will be able to offer the airlines like Icelandair a great complement to the 737 MAX 8. It’s an airplane that offers more seats and more revenue opportunities while incurring lower trip costs than the aircraft it replaces.”

VietJet orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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Boeing and Vietnamese carrier Vietjet have confirmed its purchase for an additional 100 737 MAX aircraft.

The US$12.7 billion order comprises 20 MAX 8s and 80 of the larger MAX 10 variant. In ordering 80 MAX 10s, Vietjet becomes the largest Asian customer of the model.

The carrier plans to use the additional capacity to meet the increased demand across Vietnam, as well as to serve popular destinations throughout Asia.

Vietjet placed its first order for 100 737 MAX airplanes in 2016, which set the mark for the largest commercial jet purchase in Vietnam’s aviation sector at the time.

“We are pleased to expand our partnership with Vietjet and to support the impressive growth with new, advanced aircraft such as the 737 MAX. We’re confident the MAX will help Vietjet grow more efficiently and provide greater travel experience for their passengers,” said Boeing commercial airplanes president Kevin McAllister.

Scoot reacts to Pakistan and India skirmish

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Scoot, the low-cost carrier of Singapore Airlines, has cancelled or rerouted a number of its flights following the increase in tensions between Pakistan and India.

More than 600 passengers were affected when Scoot cancelled two flights “due to the closure of Amritsar International Airport along with several other airports in India,” said an airline spokesperson in response to queries.

The cancelled flights were TR508 from Singapore to Amritsar and TR509 from Amritsar to Singapore. Affected passengers were given the option of a refund or re-booking a flight to other Scoot destinations in India.

“Scoot will monitor the situation, which remains fluid,” the airline stated.

New daily routes for Aurigny

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In May 2019, Guernsey-based airline Aurigny will offer a new twice-daily service to Jersey and Southampton.

The return of Aurigny to Jersey and the additional service to Southampton is intended to offer customers greater choice, reliability and an additional inter-island business connection.

These new routes are being established as part of an expansion of Aurigny’s route portfolio and will be operated using the existing leased ATR 72-500 aircraft. There will not be any impact on their other services.

Mark Darby, Aurigny’s chief executive officer, said: “We are delighted to be returning to Jersey and offering a further service from Guernsey to Southampton. We will be offering weekday morning and evening flights on both new routes, giving customers the choice of a day return to either destination.”

These new routes create a slot in the middle of the day, and the airline is examining options of adding an additional destination in the future.

Thailand’s Kom Airlines orders six SSJ100s

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The Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company signed a contract on 28 February to supply six SSJ100-95 for Thai-based airline Thai Kom. The contract was signed during a working visit from the Russian Minister of Industry, Denis Manturov, to Thailand. The aircraft are due to be delivered during 2019–2020 at a total cost of US$300 million.

The first SSJ100 is due to be begin operating with Kom Airlines in the autumn. The aircraft will serve on domestic and overseas routes. The technical maintenance of the SSJ100 will be carried out by WishV, the maintenance and repair company registered in Thailand.

Superjet 100 is a medium-range aircraft designed, developed and manufactured by the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company. It is designed to carry a maximum of 103 passengers a distance of 4,320km. The aircraft has been certified by both Russian and European aviation authorities.