January 12, 2019 / 2:03 AM / a month ago

Vietnam start-up Bamboo Airways to launch first commercial flight Jan 16

HANOI, Jan 12 (Reuters) - Vietnam’s start-up Bamboo Airways will launch its first commercial flight on Wednesday, the company said.

The airline, a unit of the property and leisure firm FLC Group will start selling tickets from Saturday, it said in a statement on Saturday.

The first flights will connect Vietnam’s major cities and tourist destinations.

The company secured an Air Operator Certificate from the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam earlier this week, allowing it to start services after having postponed its launch date twice.

In 2019, Bamboo Airways will also launch international air flights to Asian countries, starting with Japan, Korea and Singapore.

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

Vietnam, one of Asia’s fastest growing economies, has recorded double-digit expansion in domestic and inbound passenger numbers. The government aims to spur tourism with visa exemptions and by promoting investment in the industry. (Reporting by Khanh Vu; Editing by Kim Coghill)

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