It is no secret that Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways wants to launch service to the USA. The company previously teased the idea of using a leased aircraft to launch service in early 2020 but that didn’t pan out. But the carrier now has its own 787-9 aircraft that can make the trip from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco or Los Angeles and it is moving through the paperwork to gain access to those markets (and the rest of the USA).
And now the airline is moving forward with the necessary paperwork to secure access to the US market. In the past week Bamboo Airways filed two documents required by the Department of Transportation prior to scheduled service launching.
Last Wednesday the company designated a DC law firm as its registered agent, required for the service of all regulatory filings.
On Monday that was followed by a copy of the company’s Family Assistance Plan, a play book required by the DOT to account for potential disaster events.
Neither of these filings specifies the route(s) to launch nor the timing thereof. And there are more regulatory hoops to jump through along the way. But it is clear that Bamboo Airways is serious about serving the US market based on these actions.
The carrier previously planned to launch service to Munich and Prague over the summer of 2020, though those plans did not materialize.
Bamboo Airways’ Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner can carry a maximum of 294 passengers, including a 26 business class seats, 21 premium economy seats and 247 economy seats.
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