Update: We’re getting closer! Bamboo Airways expects to buy 12 Boeing 777Xs worth $5 billion. The order hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s expected to place in the 2nd Quarter of 2020.
Also picked up by Bloomberg: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-02-17/bamboo-airways-in-talks-to-buy-12-boeing-777x-planes-quyet
Bamboo Airways, which just launched last year, is expressing interest for Boeing’s new 777X.
Yesterday, Boeing and Bamboo Airways representatives had a meeting discussing the potential for the Boeing 777X.
Specifically, Bamboo Airways is interested in utilizing the 777X for nonstop Vietnam to United States flights, which is currently not served by any airline.
Sharing the cooperation strategy between the two parties, Mr. Dang Tat Thang - Standing Vice President and General Director of Bamboo Airways said that the business is very interested in Boeing’s newly launched aircraft.
Boeing 777X range map from Hanoi, Vietnam.
“The Boeing 777-X meets all the criteria we set for the long-haul flight, especially the US route. Bamboo Airways and Boeing will continue to discuss and discuss in-depth discussions to calculate cooperation options. The expectation of both is to arrive at Boeing 777-X orders as soon as possible,” said Dang Tat Thang.
Currently, Bamboo Airways is expected to receive 30 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, all of which are capable of flying nonstop Vietnam to the United States. However, Jill Kelly, Head of Marketing for the Boeing 777-X says the aircraft is better than the 787-9 as it’ll carry more passengers and cargo.
Bamboo Airways plans to fly between the two countries by 2021.
Currently, Bamboo Airways just opened reservations for its first ever long-haul route which will be between Hanoi and Prague (more information here: Turkish Airlines Announces Vancouver & Bamboo Airways Adds Prague).
Bamboo Airways has also expressed interest in flights from Vietnam to Tel Aviv, Israel, and Melbourne, Australia.
This would be a pretty big win for Boeing and people living in both the U.S. and Vietnam as tons of people travel between the two countries every year while there is no direct flight. Can you see Bamboo Airways ordering the 777X?