Airlines Bamboo Airways introduces E195 to Vietnam

Aircraft manufacturer Embraer has its first E195 operator in Vietnam. Bamboo Airways has introduced an E195 to its fleet.

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Low-Cost carrier Bamboo Airways has taken delivery of the first Embraer E195 regional jet in Vietnam and has simultaneously celebrated the operational debut for the aircraft type in the country. It is yet another milestone for Embraer and its popular E-Jet family.

Bamboo Airways will use its first E195 on commercial routes between Hanoi, Vinh and Hai Phong to Con Dao. The island is 1400 kilometres away form the capital Hanoi, off the southern coast of the country. The tourist destination is normally served by turboprop aircraft due to short runways.

This first E195 for Bamboo Airways is joining the airline on a wet-lease agreement with Denmark´s newly founded Great Dane Airlines. Wet lease means, that Bamboo will fly with pilots and crew members from the Danish airline.

Mr. Dang Tat Thang – Executive Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways commented: “Bamboo Airways is proud to offer jet-operated flights to Con Dao with the E195s [...] The aircraft’s short runway performance makes it an ideal aircraft for flights to and from Con Dao. The two by two seating will offer our passengers a high level of comfort in a modern, spacious aircraft, including the one-of-its-kind Business Class on the route to Con Dao.”

Raul Villaron, Vice President, Asia Pacific for Embraer’s commercial aviation unit, added: “Congratulations to Bamboo Airways on this strategic move. The E-Jets will give them great flexibility both in performance as well as in economics [...] The E195’s fuel efficiency and economics enables Bamboo Airways to cost effectively manage fluctuating demand and operate lower density routes with the right sized aircraft. We welcome Bamboo Airways to the Embraer family and our global team are here to support them.”

Bamboo Airways stated that the route between Con Dao and capital city Hanoi will be served twice a day, while Hai Phong and Vinh will be served once a day initially. The new E195 from Great Dane Airlines has been configured to accommodate 118 passengers on board.

The Vietnamese low-cost carrier was established three years ago in 2017 and is currently operating over 50 domestic and international routes. Last year, the carrier transported around five million passengers.

Great Dane Airlines was founded in 2018 and is the first airline in Denmark to offer flights to holiday destinations using Embraer E-Jets. During this difficult pandemic period, where holidays are in lower demand and with the upcoming winter-season, the airline decided to wet-lease its aircraft to Bamboo Airways.

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