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.