Vietnamese leisure airline, Bamboo Airways has selected the world’s largest integrated GSSA, ECS Group, to develop its cargo operations in four countries as the airline expands its network across the Asia Pacific.
When it comes to bamboo, there is a Far Eastern proverb that states “The first year, it sleeps. The second year, it creeps. The third year, it leaps.” Three years after its first passenger flights in 2019, Bamboo Airways is placing a strong focus on cargo operations within its network, and therefore recently appointed Globe Air Cargo as its exclusive GSA representative in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
“We are excited to represent Bamboo Airways. A young and dynamic carrier that is expanding its network and services in the Asia Pacific region,” Jilin Chiam, Country Manager Singapore of Globe Air Cargo by ECS Group, comments. “With cargo services to popular destinations such as Saigon, Narita, and Melbourne, the partnership with Bamboo Airways gives us new opportunities to bridge the network across the region and offer more solutions to our customers.”
Bamboo Airways began operating A321 services between Saigon (SGN) and Singapore (SIN) twice a week on 29 April 2022. These increased to the thrice-weekly flights on 24 May 2022. It also serves the Hanoi (HAN) – Singapore (SIN) route two times per week since 4 May 2022. The main commodities flying from Singapore to Vietnam are electronic goods, raw materials, spare parts, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce, whilst the return route from Vietnam to Singapore includes perishables, electronics, and ready-made garments.
Noor Azizah, ECS Group’s Regional VP Asia Pacific (excluding China), states “We are honoured to act as GSA for Bamboo in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Operations to and from Singapore have already begun, and we can’t wait to start promoting the rest of the region. As we continue to strengthen our good partnership with Bamboo Airways, we look forward to assisting in implementing its strategic growth plans as it explores new horizons.”
The airline is gradually expanding its network beyond Vietnam to Europe, the USA, Japan, Australia, and other regions. In gaining the latest GSA tenders, ECS Group, which enjoys a strong representation in many of these areas, including Bamboo Airways’ home country for more than a decade, is now able to offer its customers more connecting flights via Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi. The Group also intends to promote Vietnam to e-commerce players and interline partners as Bamboo Airways grows its schedule.