Vietnam-based Bamboo Airways has announced that it’s charting a new course and restructuring its operations. As part of the restructuring, Bamboo Airways has decided to end its long-haul flights, and will focus on domestic routes and short-haul flights within South East Asia instead.
As a reminder, Bamboo Airways is an Aeroplan partner airline, and this news also marks the loss of a lie-flat redemption option for long-haul flights.
Bamboo Airways Ends Long-Haul Flights
Over the last few days, Bamboo Airways has also been removing long-haul flights from its schedule.
The airline, which officially launched operations in January 2019, has been struggling to generate revenue lately, and lost $722 million in 2022 alone. There were also reports that it was even having difficulties paying its pilots.
We now know that Bamboo Airways is doing away with long-haul flights altogether, which will include parting ways with its existing Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and finding ways out of the remainder of its order of 17 more Dreamliners.
At the present, Bamboo Airways is rapidly shutting down its long-haul flights to Sydney, Melbourne, Frankfurt, and London, and as of November 2023, the airline is no longer offering long-haul flights.
It’s worth noting that Bamboo Airways had very ambitious expansion plans, which at one point included multiple flights to North America, as well as expanding to other key destinations in Australia and Europe.
With the challenges the airline is currently facing, it’s clear that these plans will not come into fruition, as it downsizes its fleet and focuses on the competitive domestic and short-haul markets instead.
If you were booked on a flight with Bamboo Airways that has since been cancelled, you’ll be “assisted in adherence to the airline’s policies and applicable laws”, as per the press release about the restructuring.
Aeroplan Members Lose a Long-Haul Lie-Flat Option
In November 2022, Aeroplan announced Bamboo Airways as its 46th airline partner. Since then, Aeroplan members have been able to earn and redeem points on flights with Bamboo Airways, which until now, included business class flights with lie-flat seats.