With the inaugural flight from Melbourne to Hanoi launched on April 27, Bamboo Airways becomes the first Vietnamese airline to operate this route.
On April 27, Bamboo Airways’ flight QH82 took off at Noi Bai International Airport, marking the airline’s first regular nonstop route connecting Hanoi with Melbourne.
The event follows Bamboo Airways’ consecutive successes on the journey of spreading its wings to Australia such as the earlier routes from Ho Chi Minh City to Melbourne in February to Sydney in March.
The nonstop Hanoi-Melbourne service helps shorten travel time between the two cities to only nine hours, significantly faster than transit flights. The modern wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner operated on this route shines through utmost fuel efficiency, spacious compartments, and excellent amenities.
|Bamboo Airways' regular nonstop Hanoi-Melbourne service took flight on April 27 |
Passenger Anthony Vu on the QH82 flight said, “I used to between Hanoi and Melbourne many times before and once time it took me nearly one day to transit. This is the first time for me to fly nonstop with a Vietnamese airline so I was excited to book tickets the moment they started selling. I can’t wait to fly with Bamboo on further journeys."
The airline will initially operate one flight per week on Wednesdays from Hanoi and a return flight on Thursdays from Melbourne, with a bulk-up frequency depending on market demand.
Efforts to expand the Australian network
Melbourne-Hanoi is the second regular route to Melbourne and the third route to Australia that Bamboo Airways operates after Vietnam reopened international air traffic in February.
“Our Melbourne-Hanoi route comes into operation with a promise of convenience, time-saving, and a hassle-free travel experience, especially as Bamboo Airways is the first and only Vietnamese airline to operate this service. In addition, we expect this route will further strengthen its role as an aviation bridge and make a substantial contribution to Vietnamese and Australian relations in all aspects," said Truong Phuong Thanh, deputy general director of Bamboo Airways.
|Bamboo Airways’ deputy general director Truong Phuong Thanh |
Melbourne Airport general manager of International Recovery Jim Parashos added, “Australians love visiting Vietnam, and Bamboo Airways’ non-stop services provide great travel options between the two countries. For the large Vietnamese community here in Australia, it will also provide an essential connection to family and friends back home, as well as enable international students from Vietnam to come down under to study at our world-class institutions. Bamboo Airways has shown its commitment to Australia by developing multiple new routes in quick succession, even in the middle of the pandemic, and we are once again thrilled to be part of their ever-expanding plans."
The inauguration was the next important milestone for the fruitful ties between Bamboo Airways and Melbourne Airport, following the MoU signed in 2019.