Bamboo Airways welcomed two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft from its partner GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS) in Singapore on Thursday.

The aircraft will be put into operation in November this year.

The delivery is part of a long-term co-operation agreement between Boeing, GECAS and Bamboo Airways. Bamboo Airways plans to add another aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to its fleet in 2020.

Along with wide-body planes, GECAS will continue to provide Bamboo Airways with two more Airbus A321neo, which are manufactured in Hamburg, Germany.

Dang Tat Thang, Standing Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways, said the delivery of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners was an important milestone in its plan to expand its fleet, serving the goal of expanding the network of air routes, especially international routes.

The new aircraft would play a key role in bringing Bamboo Airways closer to the goal of providing 5-star services on all flights, Thang said.

Bamboo Airways signed an agreement to purchase 30 wide-body aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth US$5.6 billion. By the end of 2019, the airline’s fleet will reach 30 aircraft, and is expected to grow to 100 by 2024.

Bamboo Airways currently operates 28 domestic and international routes, and is hoping to provide 37-40 routes by the end of 2019, including regular international routes to South Korea, Taiwan and other countries in Southeast Asia.

So far, the airline has conducted more than 14,000 safe flights with an average occupancy rate of 90 per cent, and an on-time rate of 93.9 percent. — VNS



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