Bamboo Airways’ headquarters to welcome US Ambassador Marc Knapper

February 24, 2022 | 18:06
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Leaders of Bamboo Airways expressed their appreciation to be the first corporation to welcome the US Ambassador Marc Knapper after he took office in Vietnam.

On February 22, Bamboo Airways chairman Trinh Van Quyet welcomed the US delegation and Ambassador Marc Knapper to Bamboo Airways’ headquarters in Hanoi.

The first corporation to welcome the new US Ambassador

During the visit, Ambassador Knapper expressed his impression of the development of Vietnam after 15 years with such large businesses as FLC and Bamboo Airways.

Knapper valued Bamboo Airways' successful nonstop Hanoi-San Francisco flight that contributes to the diplomatic relations of the two countries. On behalf of the US Embassy, Ambassador Knapper pledged to support Bamboo Airways with the carrier’s upcoming operation of regular nonstop Vietnam-US flights.

Bamboo Airways’ headquarters to welcome US Ambassador Marc Knapper
US Ambassador Knapper and chairman of FLC Group and Bamboo Airways Trinh Van Quyet

Knapper is the eighth US Ambassador to Vietnam since the normalisation of diplomatic relations in 1995. Before being nominated for this position by President Joe Biden, Knapper served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for Japan and South Korea at the US State Department. He emphasised the primary goal throughout his term is to support the development of a strong, prosperous, and independent Vietnam.

Speaking at the meeting, chairman Trinh Van Quyet expressed his delight about the close partnership between Bamboo Airways and various corporations worldwide, especially in the US.

“Besides the GE engines agreement, Bamboo Airways will be welcoming the fourth Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner this April. Bamboo Airways is also the first private airline in Vietnam to conduct a nonstop route connecting Vietnam and San Francisco,” he said.

Chairman Quyet also said to organise a roadshow in Los Angeles to further expand Vietnam's presence worldwide as well as promote products regarding real-estate, tourism, and aviation. The roadshow is considered a welcome for US entrepreneurs to return to Vietnam in the post-pandemic period.

Series of events to promote nonstop routes

In September, Bamboo Airways successfully conducted a nonstop Vietnam-US flight that only took 13 hours and a half, less than 6-7 hours compared to transit flights.

Bamboo Airways’ headquarters to welcome US Ambassador Marc Knapper
Bamboo Airways is the first private airline in Vietnam to successfully operated a nonstop Vietnam-US route

The nonstop route will substantially contribute to enhancing politics, bilateral trade, and investment between Vietnam and the US, thus further developing the close cooperative ties of the two nations.

To ensure seamless operations, Bamboo Airways has entered various agreements, including one to purchase 30 Boeing Dreamliner, a $2 billion deal with GE Aviation on GENx engine and maintenance for Boeing 787-9, an MoU with Los Angeles and several of the city's institutions, and an MoU with San Francisco International Airport.

By Thien Huong

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