Vietnam’s Bamboo Airways is exploring with flag carrier Lao Airlines the possibility of having a hangar in Laos to provide maintenance services.

Bamboo Airways says in a statement it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Lao Airlines to establish a maintenance base – at Vientiane’s Wattay International Airport – including a hangar.

Bamboo Airways says the maintenance base will do repairs, airframe C-checks and unscheduled maintenance for Bamboo Airways’ Airbus A320s and A321s, as well as provide line maintenance for Bamboo Airways’ flights from Vietnam to Laos.

The maintenance base and hangar will also serve Lao Airlines’ fleet and provide training for maintenance personnel, it adds.

Huong Tran Kieu Dung, vice president of Bamboo Airways, says he hopes the new hangar can also service other international airlines. 

Dung tells Vietnamese media outlet VNMedia the airline intends to launch 40 routes this year.

Smart Aviation Asia Pacific previously reported that Bamboo Airways transported 2.5 million passengers last year. 

According to information online, Bamboo Airways’ fleet includes: Airbus A319s, A320s, A321s, Boeing 787s, Embraer 190s and Embraer 195s.

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