Bamboo Airways is a Vietnamese airline that was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Hanoi. The airline has quickly become one of the most successful low-cost carriers in the country, and has been making waves in the aviation industry.
The airline was founded by a consortium of investors, led by Vietnamese entrepreneur and FLC Group Chairman Trinh Van Quyet. The FLC Group is a real estate and tourism conglomerate, and has investments in various sectors including aviation. In 2018, the company received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), and was ready to begin operations.
The airline began operations in January 2019 with its first flight from Hanoi to Da Nang. Since then, Bamboo Airways has grown to become one of the leading low-cost carriers in Vietnam. The airline currently operates a fleet of 24 aircraft, including Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Bombardier CRJ900, and Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The airline has made a number of important milestones since its founding:
1. In October 2019, Bamboo Airways launched its first international route, flying from Hanoi to Seoul. The launch of this route marked the first time that a Vietnamese carrier operated a direct route to South Korea.
2. In November 2019, the airline launched its first long-haul routes, flying from Hanoi to Tokyo and Osaka. The launch of these routes marked the first time that a Vietnamese carrier operated a direct route to Japan.
3. In December 2019, Bamboo Airways began its first domestic route, flying from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. This is the busiest route in the country and is highly competitive.
4. In February 2020, the airline launched its first routes to Europe, flying from Hanoi to Moscow and St. Petersburg. This marked the first time that a Vietnamese carrier operated flights to Europe.
5. In July 2020, Bamboo Airways launched its first route to the United States, flying from Hanoi to Los Angeles. This marked the first time that a Vietnamese carrier operated flights to the United States.
Since its founding, Bamboo Airways has been involved in a number of incidents. In December 2019, a Boeing 787-9 operated by the airline experienced a serious incident when an engine failed in mid-flight. The aircraft was able to make an emergency landing in Hanoi, and all passengers and crew were safe. The incident resulted in a federal investigation by the CAAV, and the airline was subsequently suspended from operating any international flights until the investigation was complete.
Despite the incident, Bamboo Airways has continued to expand and evolve. In the past year, the airline has launched new routes to Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and the United States. The airline has also been continually expanding its fleet, and now operates 24 aircraft.
Bamboo Airways is a rapidly growing airline, and is quickly becoming one of the most successful low-cost carriers in Vietnam. With its expanding fleet, new routes, and ambition to become a global player, Bamboo Airways is sure to make a big impact in the aviation industry.