5 APRIL 2021
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Vietnamese carrier Bamboo Airways has secured slots to operate flights to operate into London’s Heathrow airport.
With JetBlue also gaining access to London’s main international gateway it does seem that the airport is as attractive as ever for eligible newcomers.
Bamboo has confirmed to BTN that it has secured rights to operate six weekly flights. It added that it intends to fly thrice weekly from Ho Chi Minh City and thrice weekly from Hanoi, the same schedule as state-owned Vietnam Airlines, a SkyTeam member.
While it did not specify a date when flights will commence, it says it could operate the London flights “as early as May, under the permission of the Vietnamese government and favourable market conditions.”
The flights will be operated by Boeing 787-9s with a three-class layout. It has three in operation with another 10 on order. Bamboo made its maiden flight on 16 January 2020.
Bamboo will be the second Vietnamese carrier to fly into Heathrow, following flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, which operated flights to London from Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi. These flights have been temporarily suspended due to travel restrictions imposed in light of the global coronavirus outbreak.
Operations started with a leased Airbus A320 linking Ho Chi Minh City with Hanoi. It currently operates 28 aircraft, including 18 Airbus A320 series and four Embraer E series.
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