from vietnam Bamboo Airways takes to the skies of Australia, with non-stop flights from Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City – commonly and formerly officially known as Saigon – taking off on March 30.
Executive Traveler understands that this date will see the launch of twice-weekly services from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Melbourne in Ho Chi Minh City, with the possibility of expanding both routes to four flights per week later in the year “ssubject to demand.”
The new services capitalize on a rapidly growing market and what was one of Asia’s most popular tourist destinations before the pandemic, while also serving the greater Vietnamese population in Sydney and Melbourne. Vietnam intends to remove most restrictions on international tourists from March 15.
“We hope Bamboo Airways’ upcoming scheduled non-stop service between Vietnam and Australia will help maximize the benefits for passengers when traveling between the two countries while making a substantial contribution to promoting bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy, culture and people-to-people exchange,” said Nguyen Manh Quan, Executive Deputy General Manager of Bamboo Airways.
While Hanoi is the vietnamese capital, Ho Chi Minh City is considered a major asset for Bamboo’s early days, being the country’s commercial center and a major destination for business and tourism.
Bamboo Airways, which only launched in 2019, will rely on its modern Boeing 787 for these Australian flights.
The Dreamliner’s business class is based on the same Collins “Super Diamond” platform that Australian travelers would recognize from Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Signature Class, Fiji Airways’ A350 business class and, of course, the now defunct ” The Business” from Virgin Australia. ‘ cabin.
Serving as a suitable workspace for daytime flying, the seat converts to a fully flat bed after hours so flyers can stretch out and relax.
There is also a premium economy cabin with comfortable recliners in a 2-3-2 layout, as shown below, with economy seats further aft.
Bamboo Airways is not part of any of the “big three” airline alliances, but membership of its Bamboo Club loyalty program offers a priority benefits package with Gold status plus lounge access, complimentary upgrades and a More generous checked baggage allowance at Diamond and First Floors.
Before Covid-19, Bamboo Airways’ rival Vietnam Airlines and Qantas’ low-cost arm Jetstar flew Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, while Vietnam Airlines operated direct Sydney-Hanoi flights on its own Boeing 787.