LONDON — Vietnamese start-up, Bamboo Airways, has been unsuccessful to conduct its first flight on October 10, as they were “unable to obtain the required licensing from the government,” according to a statement from an aviation official in Vietnam.
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.
The airline had announced earlier in July that it intended to launch operations on October 10.
Vo Huy Cuong, Deputy Director Of Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam told Reuters that “Bamboo Airways can’t start operations until it gets the (aviation)
The airline had signed a provisional deal to buy 20 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners worth around $5.6 billion at list prices in July, as well as a memorandum of understanding with Airbus for up to 24 A321neos in March.
Cuong said that Bamboo Airways has met all the requirements for the conditions of the license, adding that the airline must now wait for the final approval from the country’s prime minister, Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
All may not be as it seems, though, with some confusion still over the airline’s plans to start operations this week.
Data shows that the airline is yet to receive its first plane, with one Airbus A319 and two A320s still showing as “future” on their fleet list on spotters.net.
It is believed that the airline will be using these three planes while it awaits the delivery of the new Dreamliners.
Planespotters.net also shows the three planes as ‘pending delivery,’ with two of the three jets in storage and none of them listed for commercial operations.
In a report from Reuters, a state-run media had quoted Thang as saying on Tuesday that Bamboo Airways would start their operations at the end of the year.