Bamboo Airways on February 4, 2020 received the official flight permit from the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam to operate direct flights connecting Hanoi with Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, from March.
|Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner will be used on the Hanoi-Prague-Hanoi routes |
Truong Phuong Thanh, deputy general director of Bamboo Airways, said the airline plans to open the first flight on the Hanoi-Prague route on March 29, 2020, with the frequency of two flights per week. The number of flights will increase depending on passenger demand. Bamboo Airways has officially launched tickets in Vietnam from February 5, and from February 10 in overseas markets. The expected flight duration will be 11 hours and 20 minutes for the Hanoi-Prague route and 10 hours and 20 minutes on the way return leg, which is significantly shorter than the 14-19 hours for connecting flights transiting at a European or Middle Eastern city. Bamboo Airways will use the wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to exploit this first route to Europe. The aircraft can carry a maximum of 294 passengers for a distance of up to 17,400km. Dubbed as a "five-star hotel in the air", Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is expected to fully meet the requirements of Bamboo Airways customers on international flights.
In preparation for the operation, in early January 2020, Bamboo Airways announced its official cooperation with AVIAREPS group as its general agent in the Czech Republic. AVIAREPS Group is a leading aviation service solution provider in Europe. The firm has over 25 years of experience and 67 representative offices in 48 countries and represents more than 250 significant partners around the world.
Previously, in April 2019, within the framework of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc's official visit to the Czech Republic with a senior delegation of Vietnam, Bamboo Airways and Prague International Airport organised the signing of an MoU witnessed by the prime ministers of the two countries.
|Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ho Minh Tuan shared that the Hanoi-Prague direct flight by Bamboo Airways will play a vital role in connecting the two nations and the two continents |
According to the Vietnamese Ambassador to the Czech Republic Ho Minh Tuan, Bamboo Airways' direct flight will not only bring the Czech Republic closer to Vietnam but also bridge the gap between the ASEAN and the EU. "The Hanoi-Prague route operated by Bamboo Airways is the only direct flight from the Czech Republic to the ASEAN region, a very dynamic area with more than 600 million people. This route aims to connect Vietnam and the Czech Republic as well as Southeast Asia and the European Union," the ambassador said.
|Passengers will be able to experience the 5-star oriented service offered by Bamboo Airways |
The direct route offered by Bamboo Airways is good news for citizens of the two countries, especially the Vietnamese expatriates living in the Czech Republic. The event is also part of the activities leading up to the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Czech Diplomatic Relations (February 1950-February 2020).
With an outstanding business strategy and 5-star quality-oriented service, Bamboo Airways is looking forward to contributing to tourism promotion and trade co-operation in Europe. The company aims to cover all renowned European political and tourism destinations by 2025.
Bamboo Airways is currently exploiting more than 40 domestic and international routes with a fleet of 28 aircraft. The airline has been transporting over 3 million passengers, maintaining the on-time-performance (OTP) rate of 94.1 per cent – the highest rate in the entire industry in 2019.
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