The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Bamboo Airways and a reputable partner in Australia is expected to promote cooperation in various fields, proceeding to promote the first direct flight connecting Hanoi and Australia.
On November 26, in the witness of Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Vietnam to Australia Ngo Huong Nam and Director of Vietnam Aviation Department Dinh Viet Thang, Bamboo Airways had held the signing ceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with RMIT University and Melbourne Airport in Australia.
Under the cooperation memorandum of understanding towards the construction of a direct route between Hanoi and Melbourne, Melbourne Airport will deploy many incentives for Bamboo Airways in terms of ground service costs, navigation costs, and operating expenses of airport representative office and marketing activities, co-branding, etc.
At the same time, Melbourne Airport is also committed to supporting maximum flight safety conditions and security factors for the direct flight when operating. Information on air traffic and tourism projects between Vietnam and Australia will also be regularly exchanged and provided.
Melbourne Airport is the second busiest airport in Australia, operates 24/7, and is also one of the important trading gateways of Asia - Pacific.
"We appreciate Bamboo Airways' plan and are ready to deploy the cooperation program, supporting the operation of direct flights from Vietnam, the Hanoi-Melbourne route of the airline," Mr. Lyell Strambi, General Director of Melbourne Airport said.
On the morning of the same day, Bamboo Airways signed an MoU with RMIT University - one of the leading pilots, aviation and aerospace engineering centers in Australia. The Memorandum of Understanding opens up opportunities for bilateral cooperation in the fields of aviation, aerospace and educational management links, creating a common vision for cooperation and qualifications recognized by both Australia and Vietnam. Priority areas of cooperation include training of commercial pilots, aviation management and aircraft engineers.
Bamboo Airways and RMIT agreed to work closely together, expand the scope of training, develop curriculum and research activities, and encourage more women's participation in aviation.
The cooperation and training with RMIT show the sustainable development orientation of Bamboo Airways in the road to become a 5-star airline, with a strategic vision of standardization and proactive human resources in the context in the context that Vietnam is "thirsty" for aviation personnel. At the same time, the collaboration also provides many academic and career opportunities for young talents eager to develop themselves in this fascinating field.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Dang Tat Thang, Standing Vice Chairman of Bamboo Airways said: "Active human resources is one of the important conditions for Bamboo Airways to sustainably develop into a 5-star airline. I believe RMIT - one of the leading aviation training centers in Australia is the ideal partner of the airline in the process of consolidating specialized personnel to meet international standards. "
The relations between Vietnam and Australia in recent years have witnessed many strong developments, especially since the two countries upgraded their relationship to a Strategic Partner in March 2018.
Australia is an important source of tourism for Vietnam, with Australian tourists staying, spending on average higher than the average foreign visitors to Vietnam. In 2018, the number of non-stop passengers between Vietnam and Australia reached 562 thousand. Particularly in the first 9 months of 2019, it was estimated that Vietnam welcomed 446 thousand visitors from Australia, an increase of 5.5% over the same period.
With a quality education background, favorable living environment, employment and immigration opportunities, priority visa procedures, Australia is one of the top destinations in the world, attracting thousands of Vietnamese students and citizens.
The current direct routes between Vietnam and Australia also recorded steady and strong growth, for example, the direct flight connecting Ho Chi Minh City - Melbourne transit 259,000 passengers in 2018. In the first 9 months of 2019 alone, this figure reached 208 thousand, up 7.7% over the same period.
Facing these potentials, Bamboo Airways intends to operate the Hanoi-Melbourne direct flight with Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner joining the airline's fleet in the fourth quarter of 2019. This is a modern wide-body aircraft, fuel-efficient, suitable for long-range flights and long across the continent.
It is expected that after going into operation in the second quarter of 2020, the success of the Hanoi - Melbourne direct flight will set the stage for Bamboo Airways' other direct flights to other localities in Australia in the future.
"With direct flights from Vietnam to Australia, Bamboo Airways expects to further improve the airline's network when offering products connecting Europe - Australia via Vietnam transit points. Along with that, the airline wishes to bring safe, fast, time-saving, flights for passengers; At the same time, promoting bilateral exchanges and cooperation, cultural and tourism development, strengthening close and close strategic partnerships, "Mr. Dang Tat Thang said at the event.