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Bamboo Airways wet-leases Royal Air Philippines A320

Vietnamese carrier bolsters summer capacity with wet-leased Airbus from Philippine operator

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Royal Air's Airbus A320-214 arrives at Noi Bai International Airport on June 25th. (Photo: Bamboo Airways)

Bamboo Airways has bolstered its fleet in time for the peak summer season by acquiring an Airbus A320 aircraft through a wet-lease agreement with Royal Air Philippines, according to a company Facebook post and a report by Voice of Vietnam.

The aircraft, which landed at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on June 25, will be deployed on high-demand routes to Nha Trang, Da Nang, and Quy Nhon, the airline said.

This marks Bamboo Airways’ third wet-leased aircraft this year, following similar arrangements with FlyOne and Xfly earlier in 2024.

While specific details of the agreement remain unknown to the public, a wet-lease agreement typically involves the provision of the lessor, in this case, Royal Air, of the aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI)

The wet-leased aircraft from Royal Air is an 18-year-old Airbus A320-214, locally registered as RP-C9799. The 180-seat jet was delivered to the Filipino carrier in December 2019.

In a similar report from the Vietnamese media outlet, the move to wet-lease more aircraft comes amidst a shortage of domestic aircraft in Vietnam.

Luong Hoai Nam, general director of Bamboo Airways, emphasized at a recent workshop that a rise in Vietnamese airlines’ own aircraft is crucial for lowering domestic airfares.

Currently, Vietnamese airlines operate only 160 aircraft, falling short of pre-pandemic levels by 60 to 70.

Bamboo Airways plans to acquire one more aircraft before year-end to launch new domestic routes, including Ho Chi Minh City-Da Lat, Ho Chi Minh City-Thanh Hoa, and Ho Chi Minh City-Phu Quoc.

The airline currently operates a network connecting Vietnam’s major cities with popular tourist destinations and offers international charter flights to regional tourist hubs.

Written by
Dirk Andrei Salcedo

An aviation enthusiast turned creator of the top aviation news portal in the Philippines, Dirk has a deep passion for everything that flies. When he's not keeping his finger on the pulse of the industry, he also volunteers with a major humanitarian organization, impacting people on the ground and in the sky.

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