Bamboo Airways Takes Delivery Of Its First Boeing 787

Bamboo Airways has received its first long-haul aircraft and is all set to splash into the international market place. The airline picked up the keys at the Boeing facility in South Carolina and is preparing to fly the plane back home to Vietnam.

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Bamboo Airways receives its first widebody. Photo: Bamboo Airways

What are the details?

Bamboo Airways has taken delivery of its first 787-9 Dreamliner, from the Boeing delivery center in South Carolina.

“Bamboo Airways officially receives the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner from the Boeing South Carolina Delivery Center in the USA. The event has the participation of Representative of Boeing, Mr. Lane Ballard and Mr. Dang Tat Thang – Standing Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways.”Bamboo Airways press release

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The representative of Boeing, Mr. Lane Ballard and Mr. Dang Tat Thang – Standing Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Bamboo Airways actually has 28 of these aircraft on order and is planning to take further delivery well into the early 2020s.

“Compared to similar aircraft, the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner consumes 20% less in terms of fuel cost and 30-40% less in terms of maintenance cost. Accordingly, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can fly the long distance up to 13,950km.” – Bamboo Airways Press Release

The aircraft will have four first-class suites, 24 business class seats and 274 seats in economy. The first-class suites are kind of like the ones seen onboard ANA, with their closed-off design, whilst business class features a 1-2-1 herringbone configuration. Economy is in a 3-3-3 configuration with 31 inches of pitch.

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The seating configuration for a Bamboo Airways Boeing 787. Photo: Bamboo Airways

Where will the aircraft fly?

The big who’s who question of Bamboo Airways is where they will be flying the new Boeing 787 aircraft.

“Immediately after joining Bamboo Airways’ fleet, this Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be operated on domestic routes such as Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi & Ho Chi Minh City – Da Nang. In the coming time, this will be the main aircraft to exploit Bamboo Airways’ medium and long routes to Asia, Europe, and America, connecting Vietnam with countries such as Japan and South Korea, Czech Republic, Australia or USA, etc.” – Bamboo Airways press release.

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Bamboo Airways is looking to expand its fleet up to 100 aircraft by the end of 2025. Photo: Bamboo Airways

So far we know that Bamboo is planning to open a route from Hanoi to Melbourne Australia (Already signed with Melbourne Airport) and is now also looking at routes to Israel.

What do you think? Will you be flying on the new Bamboo 787? Let us know in the comments.