2 JULY 2018
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Twenty Boeing B787-9 Dreamliners worth $5.6bn at current list prices could be on their way to equip a Vietnamese start-up airline soon after the US manufacturer signed an intent-to-buy agreement last week with Bamboo Airways.
Boeing said the airline as part of the agreement had completed a deposit requirement in mid-June to reserve the 20 aircraft, which are tentatively scheduled to be delivered between April 2020 and the end of 2021.
Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of FLC Group, which owns the airline, said Bamboo was planning to introduce the Dreamliners into the fleet in preparation for the launch of long-haul operations to international markets.
He added: "Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam to key markets within Asia, Europe and North America and the capabilities of these new state-of-the-art Dreamliners will help us to achieve our goals.
“The 787's superior economics and efficiency, as well as the passenger-pleasing interior will allow us to grow our business successfully while enabling us to serve our customers better."
Bamboo say it is planning to begin commercial operations next year out of Vietnam’s capital of Hanoi, offering flights within its home country before expanding into other Northeast Asian markets such as China, Korea and Japan.
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