Bamboo Airways made its first flight to the United States from Noibai International Airport, Hanoi (HAN) to San Francisco Airport (SFO) operated by Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.
The historic non-stop flight took off from Noibai International Airport to San Francisco International Airport by the experienced flight crew of Bamboo Airway and the modern Boeing B787-9 Dreamliner on September 24.#BambooAirways #UNITED STATES #SanFrancisco pic.twitter.com/4sNC0tcHwK
– Bamboo Airways (@bamboo_airways) September 24, 2021
This is part of Bamboo Airways’ strategy to launch regular operations to North America. In the last quarter of 2020, the airline received its clearance from the Department of Transportation (DOT) to start flights between Vietnam and the United States requesting flights to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Dallas and Seattle with technical stops in Asia (Nagoya, Osaka and / or Taipei) or in Canada (Montreal, Toronto and / or Vancouver).
Bamboo Airways will operate a dozen flights between San Francisco (SFO) and Los Angeles (LAX), with the intention of scheduling its flights between Hanoi (HAN) and / or Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) to the United States of by the end of 2021 or by 2022. Previously, such flights were not feasible, because it was not until 2019 that Vietnam was granted Category 1 classification by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Previously United Airlines was the only operator between the United States and Vietnam, they operated Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) via Hong Kong (HKG) with Boeing 747-400s, then they were canceled due to low profitability .
Bamboo Airways is a Vietnamese airline based in Hanoi (HAN) and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) that started as a domestic carrier and now has ambitious plans for long-haul services. In 2020, she had planned to start flying to destinations in Europe. Prague (PRG) and Munich (MUC) but did not materialize due to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. Its widebody fleet is made up exclusively of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
According to OAG data, in 2016 the market between Vietnam and the United States was one of the most underserved without direct flights, 203,359 passengers left Los Angeles (LAX) – Ho Chi Minh City (SGN ) and 127,016 from San Francisco (SFO) – Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) via stopovers.