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Vietnam upstart Bamboo Airways seeks to ride tourism wave

Parent FLC orders $8.6bn of jets to bring visitors to its hotels and golf resorts

Bamboo Airways plans to make its first commercial flight later this year.

HO CHI MINH CITY -- Bamboo Airways is set to take off by the end of this year, complementing Vietnamese peers including flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and Vietjet, the country's biggest low-cost carrier, said Dang Tat Thang, chairman and CEO, in a recent interview with the Nikkei Asian Review.

Both Thang and Trinh Van Quyet, chairman of parent company FLC, said they were confident of securing a license to press ahead with their launch plan. Thang told Nikkei, "Vietnam has great potential for aviation and we have prepared all the steps, including the flying license, for [our] first commercial flight before the end of 2018."

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