Bamboo Airways to fly Sydney, Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi

Vietnam’s newest international airline is headed to Australia, with flights from both Sydney and Melbourne.

By David Flynn, March 5 2022
Bamboo Airways to fly Sydney, Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi

Vietnam's Bamboo Airways is soaring into Australian skies, with non-stop flights from both Sydney and Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City – commonly and formerly officially known as Saigon – as well as Hanoi set to take off.

The new services capitalise on a fast-growing market and what was one of Asia's most popular tourism destinations prior to the pandemic, while also serving the large Vietnamese population in Sydney and Melbourne. Vietnam intends to remove most restrictions on international tourists from March 15.

While Hanoi is the Vietnamese capital, Ho Chi Minh City is a drawcard for Bamboo's debut, being the nation's commercial hub and a primary destination for business and tourism alike.

Executive Traveller understands March 30 will see the launch of twice-weekly services from Sydney to Ho Chi Minh City, as well as Melbourne to Ho Chi Minh City, with the option of growing both routes to four flights per week later in the year "subject to demand."

Those will be followed on April 27 with the first direct service between Melbourne and Hanoi; this will start at just one flight per week, again with the intention to add flights as demand grows.

"We expect the upcoming regular nonstop Vietnam-Australia route of Bamboo Airways will help maximize passengers' benefits when traveling between the two countries while making a substantial contribution to the promotion of bilateral cooperation in economy, culture, and people-to-people exchange," said Nguyen Manh Quan, Executive Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways.

More Australian cities to come?

And Bamboo Airways has its eye on additional Australian cities, with Truong Phuong Thanh, Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, describing the opening of the Melbourne-Hanoi route as "a crucial premise for Bamboo Airways to further expand the non-stop flight network to other destinations in Australia, and to connect Australia with countries in Europe and Asia through Vietnam as a transport hub."

Prior to Covid-19, Bamboo Airways’ rival Vietnam Airlines and Qantas' low-cost arm Jetstar connected Melbourne with Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, while Vietnam Airlines ran direct Sydney-Hanoi flights on its own Boeing 787.

Bamboo Airways, which launched only in 2019, will rely on its modern Boeing 787 for these Australian flights.

The Dreamliner's business class is based upon the same Collins ‘Super Diamond’ platform which Australian travellers would recognise from the likes of Air Canada’s Boeing 787 Signature Class, Fiji Airways’ A350 business class, and of course, Virgin Australia’s now-defunct ‘The Business’ cabin.

Serving as a suitable workspace for daytime flying, the seat transforms into a fully-flat bed after hours so high flyers can stretch out and relax.

There's also a premium economy cabin with comfortable recliners in a 2-3-2 layout, as shown below, with economy seats further back.

Bamboo Airways is not part of any of the 'big three' airline alliances, but membership of its Bamboo Club loyalty program delivers a set of priority perks with Gold status plus lounge access, complimentary upgrades and a more generous checked baggage allowance at the Diamond and First tiers.

In mid-2021 the airline ran an aggressive status match promotion open to frequent flyers on all member airlines of the Oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance families, offering instant Bamboo Club Gold, Diamond and First status.

While this promotion has long since closed, there's little doubt that Australian frequent flyers would welcome its return now that Bamboo Airways has finally arrived.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

05 Jun 2014

Total posts 209

Fantastic, the Victorian Economy will need it!

10 Aug 2020

Total posts 21

Good morning Vietnam I would fly there tomorrow.


13 Aug 2020

Total posts 6

It's an ex-Hainan Airlines 787-9 with exactly the same cabin product. 

"It's an ex-Hainan Airlines 787-9"

Whatever happed to Hainan? Flew a very good business class  SYD-XI,AN-FCO a few years ago, and apart from the shambles of customs and immigration (absolutely fascist in style)  in Xi,An, and the terrible transit (couldn't book through), it was otherwise a very good flight, great service, terrific food and wine and an extraordinary price.

great time to be expanding, especially if costs under total control.

02 Jun 2020

Total posts 3

Bamboo Airways...major competitor of Alan Joyce who? Airline!

20 Oct 2015

Total posts 233

Some good news for a change! Always good to see a new airline entering the market, especially when it's also a new route being opened up.


09 Sep 2020

Total posts 1

Can't wait for this. Have been to Vietnam 9 times and always wanted to be able to get to Hanoi in one go.  We would have been there in July but travel restrictions stopped that. 😀🤞

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 Oct 2016

Total posts 156

Ditto, I hope VIet Nam Air open the same route, as I am already Lotusmiles platinum


03 May 2013

Total posts 668

The name doesn't really instill much confidence?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

12 Feb 2021

Total posts 23

I worked in China for  a while and flew  Hainan regularly prem class and this  is not one I cane across and Hainan have never had a Prem Y class. Maybe  Bamboo updated  the plane themselves. Note Hainan really good airline and safe  (all  tech crews  737/787  trained in USA like Xiamen.) Good luck to Bamboo and certain they will do well.

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