HO CHI MINH CITY, 22 February 2022: Vietnam’s fledging airline, Bamboo Airways, introduced return flights (QH88 and QH89) to Melbourne, Australia, at the weekend, the airline reported on its Facebook page.

The airline’s deputy general director Truong Phuong Thanh
said establishing the new service coincided with Australia reopening its
international borders for vaccinated travellers on 21 February.

The new Ho Chi Minh City-Melbourne route is part of a wider
expansion that sees the airline establish flights to Europe – the UK and
Germany using Dreamliner 787-9 aircraft.

Earlier in December, Bamboo Airways announced the launch of
the Vietnam-Australia direct air route and signed agreements with Melbourne
airport and Victoria State.

According to data cited by the Vietnam News Agency, more
than 383,000 Australians visited Vietnam in 2019, and around 300,000 Vietnamese
students are enrolled in higher educations colleges and universities in
Australia.

Bamboo Airways confirmed in a Facebook post plans to expand
its international network to nearly 40 routes in 2022, including the
Hanoi-Narita (Japan), Hanoi-Taipei (Taiwan, China) and Hanoi-Incheon (Republic
of Korea). Routes such as Hanoi-Frankfurt (Germany) and Hanoi-London (UK)
routes are scheduled for launch this March.
Flights
are already operating from Ho Chi Minh City to Frankfurt and London and to the
US. In Southeast Asia, the airline currently serves Singapore and Bangkok,
Thailand.