Hanoi - Vietnam's future airline operator Bamboo Airways has committed to purchase twenty Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with deliveries from April 2020. Bamboo Airways is scheduled to begin operations next year in Hanoi with Airbus A321neo.

The agreement signed on June 25 between the Vietnamese startup and the American aircraft manufacturer Boeing has a value of $5.6 billion at list price.

The announcement was made during the signing ceremony at the office of the US Chamber of Commerce in Hanoi. Bamboo Airways has completed the filing requirement in mid-June to book the 20 aircraft, which will be delivered from April 2020 to 2021, Boeing said in its statement.

We are excited to add the 787 Dreamliner to our fleet as we prepare to launch long-haul operations to international markets,
said Trinh Van Quyet, president of FLC Group, one of Vietnam's largest conglomerates.

Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam to key markets in Asia, Europe, and North America, and the capabilities of the state-of-the-art Dreamliner will help us achieve our goals. The pleasant interior of the Dreamliner will allow us to develop our business successfully while enabling us to serve our customers better,
he added.

Last March, Bamboo Airways signed a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for the acquisition of 24 A321neo. The company will start its operations next year and will operate leased aircraft until the delivery of the aircraft covered by this Memorandum of Understanding.

The carrier will begin operations on the domestic market, and will then primarily provide flights linking international markets to Vietnamese leisure destinations, mostly where FLC Group has made significant investments in tourism infrastructure.