A new airline has surfaced in the highly-competitive Southeast Asian market. Does Vietnam have room for another airline?
Bamboo Airways is now operational and will initially operate domestic flights within Vietnam. Here’s the initial route map:
Introductory fares start at $18 each way.
If the carrier grows as expected, it will add regional flights in the future and eventually longhaul flights. Bamboo Airways begins with four aircraft in its fleet:
- 1 Airbus A319-100
- 2 Airbus A320-200
- 1 Airbus A321neo
The following aircraft are on order and will represent the permanent fleet:
- 3 Airbus A320-200
- 23 Airbus A321neo
- 20 Boeing 787-9
That’s quite a fleet for a startup! The carrier hopes to expand to Japan, South Korea, China, Thailand, Hong Kong and Taiwan in 2020 and to Europe, Africa, and the Americas by 2023. I’d recommend baby steps…
While it waits for its deliveries, Bamboo Airways will use leased aircraft for its domestic flights.
The airline has introduced a simplified three-tier fare structure:
- Bamboo Eco. For the budget conscious, this fare removes baggage and other services allowing you to save money. If you need to add bags or other services you can add them later. True economy.
- Bamboo Plus. For those who want to have greater flexibility in their travel. Bamboo Plus allows luggage, name changes and multiple payment options. True flexibility.
- Bamboo Business. For the business minded, our business class product offers full flexibility for your travel along with a dedicated on-board product. True value.
The carrier teased the following longhaul business class seats:
On shorthaul flights, Bamboo Airways will use a business class seat like this.
While I wish them all the best and hope for resounding success, I’m skeptical. I’ve got to admit, I am concerned at how ambitious Bamboo Airways’ aircraft orders and route expansion plans are.
Do you think Bamboo Airways will succeed?