Bamboo Airways has received its first regional jet to its fleet: the Embraer E195.
The first of two E195s – leased from Great Dane Airlines – arrived at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on September 12 after a 14-hour trip from Aalborg International Airport in Denmark.
With plans to use the aircraft on flights to the tourist attraction of Con Dao along the southeast coast of Vietnam, the E195s have a capacity of 99 passengers with 80 seats in a 2-2 configuration Popular (Economy) class and 19 Merchant (Business) class seats in a 1-1 configuration.
Image: Bamboo Airways E195 interior (Source: Bamboo Airways Facebook page)
According to a Facebook post by the airline, Bamboo Airways plans to start three routes to Con Dao – to Hanoi, Hai Phong, and Vinh – starting September 29.
Following the launch of flights to Con Dao, the airline plans to use both jets to other domestic destinations in the country. In a report by the state newspaper Nhan Dan, Bamboo Airways named other potential routes which could see the use of the E195 including Phu Quoc – Rach Gia, Ho Chi Minh City – Ca Mau, Da Nang – Dien Bien, and Da Nang – Con Dao.
Since starting operations in January of 2019, the Vietnam-based airline has grown its fleet to around 23 aircraft operating flights to 29 destinations in Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. The E195s will join the fleet which includes Airbus A320/A321 and Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.
As part of Brazil-based Embraer's E-Jet family, the E195 is a stretch version of the E170/E175 jets and the largest among the E-Jets. Commonly used by regional airlines worldwide, the aircraft has a maximum range of around 4260km (2300nm). Typical capacity range between 100 in dual-class to 124 for single-class configurations.