President Donald Trump’s visit here to join the ‘Democratic People’s Republic of Korea-United States’ summit made world headlines.
But importantly for Vietnam, he joined a ceremony to sign contracts between two of our airlines and Boeing aircraft company.
Fast growing VietJet purchased 100 additional 737 MAX aircraft for $12.7bn, taking their MAX order to 200 jets.
The deal includes 20 MAX 8s and 80 of the new, larger MAX 10 variant which makes Vietjet the largest Asian customer of this type. VietJet will use the added capacity to meet growing demand across Vietnam, as well as serving popular direct destinations throughout Asia.
For me, I am really excited about this expansion fuelled by increased Vietnam travel from our international visitors
Also, Ms Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao is the entrepreneurial president and CEO of Vietjet! She has become a real role model for my country’s young woman.
As a major tour operator, I agree with Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes CEO Kevin McAllister, who said:
“The economic expansion in Hanoi and across Vietnam is impressive. Vietjet and the country’s burgeoning aviation sector are clearly enablers, helping to stimulate travel within Vietnam and connecting Vietnam with the rest of Asia”
The rapid expansion of direct flights into Da Nang has seen an explosion of visitors enjoying their Vietnam holidays from Asian Pacific Rim countries.
Valued at $3bn, Bamboo Airways also confirmed an order for ten Boeing 787-9 ‘Dreamliners’
Bamboo Airways is a startup airline founded in 2017, wholly-owned by FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company. Commercial operations began in January linking Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City with cities including Da Nang. The airline plans to offer up to 40 domestic routes in 2019.
Bamboo Airways is preparing to launch international routes to Thailand, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, and Australia. And hope to broaden services to other destinations in Asia, Europe, and North America.
It’s really difficult sometimes to keep up with the rapid growth of my country. But it’s great to see the opportunities for my people when news like this makes headlines!