Sunday 13 March 2022

Bamboo Airways to fly Sydney, Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City

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Vietnam’s newest international airline is headed to Australia, with flights from both Sydney and Melbourne.

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways is soaring into Australian skies, with non-stop flights from both Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City – (formerly known as Saigon) – as well as Hanoi set to take off.

The new services capitalise on a fast-growing market and what was one of Asia's most popular tourism destinations prior to the pandemic, while also serving the large Vietnamese population in Sydney and Melbourne. Vietnam intends to remove most restrictions on international tourists from the 15th March.

While Hanoi is the Vietnamese capital, Ho Chi Minh City is a drawcard for Bamboo's debut, being the nation's commercial hub and a primary destination for business and tourism alike.

Executive Traveller understands March 30 will see the launch of twice-weekly services from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, with the option of growing both routes to four flights per week later in the year "subject to demand."

Those will be followed on April 27 with the first direct service between Melbourne and Hanoi; this will start at just one flight per week, again with the intention to add flights as demand grows.

"We expect the upcoming regular nonstop Vietnam-Australia route of Bamboo Airways will help maximize passengers' benefits when traveling between the two countries while making a substantial contribution to the promotion of bilateral cooperation in economy, culture, and people-to-people exchange," said Nguyen Manh Quan, Executive Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways.
More Australian cities to come?

Bamboo Airways has its eye on additional Australian cities, with Truong Phuong Thanh, Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, describing the opening of the Melbourne-Hanoi route as "a crucial premise for Bamboo Airways to further expand the non-stop flight network to other destinations in Australia, and to connect Australia with countries in Europe and Asia through Vietnam as a transport hub."

Prior to Covid-19, Bamboo Airways’ rival Vietnam Airlines and Qantas' low-cost arm Jetstar connected Melbourne with Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, while Vietnam Airlines ran direct Sydney-Hanoi flights on its own Boeing 787.

Bamboo Airways JSC, operating as Bamboo Airways, is a Vietnamese leisure airline owned by the FLC Group, registered in Quy Nhơn, Vietnam, with a head office in Cầu Giấy District, Hanoi. Founded in 2017, the airline launched operations on the16th January 2019. It operates a mixed fleet of narrowbody and widebody aircraft, and has hubs at Noi Bai International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Ho Chi Minh (SGN) to Melbourne (MEL)
QH88 will depart SGN on Saturday at 1.30 arrive MEL 14.00 - (Inaugural 26th March) 
Melbourne (MEL) to Ho Chi Minh (SGN)
QH89 will depart MEL on Sunday at 10.00 arrives SGN 14.20 -  (Inaugural 27th March) 

Hanoi (HAN) to Melbourne (MEL)
QH82 will depart HAN on Wednesday at 18.30 arrives MEL 7.00 (next morning) (Inaugural 18th May) 
Melbourne (MEL) to Hanoi (HAN)
QH83 will depart MEL on Thursday at 10.00 arrives HAN 16.40 (Inaugural 19th May) 

Ho Chi Minh (SGN) - Sydney (SYD)
QH86 will depart SGN on Tuesdays at 18.30 arrive SYD 7.00 (next morning) -  (Inaugural 29th March) 
Sydney (SYD) - Ho Chi Minh (SGN) 
QH87 will depart SYD on Wednesdays 11.30 arrive SGN 16.15 (same day) -  (Inaugural 30th March) 

As of October 2021, the Bamboo Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft:

                            In Service         On Order
Airbus A319-100      1
Airbus A320-200      6 
Airbus A320neo       6 
Airbus A321-200      3
Airbus A321neo       5                     1
Boeing 787-9           3                     11
Embraer E190          5         
Total                   29               12

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