A new Vietnamese airline, Bamboo Airways, is expected to launch its first flights within weeks.
According to a Reuters report, the Vietnamese government on Monday issued an aviation licence to the new carrier, a unit of FLC Group.
The airline will operate 100 domestic and international routes when operational, Reuters reported quoting a government statement.
The government said in its statement that the airline’s first flights will connect Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with the country’s tourism cities.
In March 2018, under the witnesses of general secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and president of France Francois De Rugy, FLC group signed the agreement to purchase 24 Airbus 3210 Neo aircraft, with the contract valued at a listed price of US$3.1 billion.
Bamboo Airways’ representative went on to sign an MoU with Boeing at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, witnessed by Vietnam’s deputy prime minister Vuong Dinh Hue.
With this, FLC completed the deposit procedure for the agreement, which was worth US$5.6 billion.
Based on the agreement, Boeing will deliver 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to Bamboo Airways from April 2020 to the end of 2021.