MIAMI — Vietnamese startup carrier, Bamboo Airways, has announced its commitment to purchase 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

The airline, which aims to launch operations in 2019, already has a Memorandum of Understanding with Airbus for 24 A321neos.

Bamboo Airways, part of a Vietnamese consortium, was brought up with the goal of promoting tourism in the Asian country from the city of Hanoi.

According to Boeing, the airline completed the deposit requirement in mid-June to reserve the 20 Dreamliners.

Rapid Startup

The planes “are tentatively scheduled to deliver from April 2020 through 2021,” said Boeing in a statement.

“We are excited to introduce these new 787 Dreamliners into our fleet as we prepare to launch long-haul operations to international markets,” said Trinh Van Quyet, Chairman of FLC Group, owner of Bamboo Airways.

“Our long-term vision is to connect Vietnam to key markets within Asia, Europe, and North America and the capabilities of these new state-of-the-art Dreamliners will help us achieve our goals,” he said.

Dreamliner Program Growing Stronger

The new Asian carrier is giving the Boeing 787 program an impressive boost of sales.

On top of the 83 firm orders Boeing has managed to book in 2018 so far, it is very likely that the number will continue to climb past the 200 mark after the Farnborough Air Show in July.

The potential clients looking to firm up their commitments are Emirates, Hawaiian, Ethiopian, United, and now Bamboo with its 20 airframes.

“We are delighted to welcome Bamboo Airways to the Boeing family, and we look forward to Bamboo joining the growing group of global airlines that fly the 787 Dreamliner,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Although the airline is still quite far away from its maiden flight, having such a robust list of brand-new narrow- and wide-body airplanes reserved suggests that a new competitor might stir things up in the Asia-Pacific region in the upcoming years.