An Airbus A321neo of Bamboo Airways (Photo: Ba,boo Airways) It

is a newcomer in the European skies. The young carrier Bamboo Airways, Vietnam’s first private international airline, is coming to the European Union this February.

The carrier has had its sights set on Europe since its inception in 2018. Bamboo Airways had quickly initiated a memorandum of understanding with Prague Airport and the Czech authorities for flights between Hanoi and Prague. By 2020, it was doing the same in Germany with Munich airport. However, the Covid pandemic has passed. The total closure of Vietnamese airspace to international airlines has effectively frozen Bamboo Airways’ ambitions.

However, the reopening of Vietnam gives the carrier wings. Bamboo Airways has announced the official opening of its first routes in the EU and the UK. Although Prague is no longer a priority, Bamboo Airways will launch flights between Frankfurt and Hanoi. A Boeing 787-9 will offer two weekly flights from February 25. The company will increase the number of flights according to demand. In parallel, Bamboo will launch two flights per week to London-Heathrow from March 25.

In the near future, Bamboo intends to launch a Frankfurt-Ho Chi Minh City route and to study services to Munich and Berlin. However, no announcement has been made for the French market, which remains the “preserve” of Air France/Vietnam

Airlines within the Skyteam alliance.

Vietnam Airlines

has just announced the reopening of its flights to Paris CDG. The company offers from February 8 a weekly frequency on a Hanoi-Frankfurt-Paris axis and back. The flight leaves Paris every Thursday by Boeing 787-9. It is likely that the recovery of tourism between France and Vietnam will result in an increase in frequencies during the spring.

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Luc Citrinot