Dhaka: Bamboo Airways, the newest commercial carrier of Vietnam, first took off Wednesday marking its official entrance in Southeast Asia’s crowded aviation sector.
"Bamboo Airways will become a five-star airline to serve domestic and international passengers," Trinh Van Quyet, Owner, Bamboo said at Hanoi's Noi Bai airport after the inaugural flight landed from Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday morning.
Bamboo aims approach the saturated market by offering routes to lesser-known destinations in Vietnam currently underserved by heavy-hitters like Vietnam Airlines and budget carrier Vietjet.
The airways will operate eight domestic routes daily, with plans to fly from Hanoi to Japan, South Korea and Singapore later this year and eventually to Europe.
Vietnam's aviation sector is surging, with passenger numbers jumping to 62 million last year from 25 million in 2012.
Regional and domestic airlines are struggling to keep up with that growth as Vietnam's airports strain to accommodate an increasing number of flights and passengers.
National carrier Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet currently dominate international and domestic travel.