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The start-up airline making noise in the aviation industry

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2020 was a tumultuous year for the aviation industry, with the COVID-19 pandemic impacting every airline in the world.

Thousands of aircraft from right around the world have, at least at some stage, been parked and left to sit idle on runways and in storage facilities.

In addition to this, over 40 airlines from all parts of the globe have ceased operation since 2020.

Intoducing: Bamboo Airways

However, the pandemic has seen one particular start-up airline find its wings.

Vietnam-born and raised Bamboo Airways is rapidly expanding at a time where the aviation industry remains unstable.

The airline currently serves Vietnam, flying between each capital city including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Da Nang – just to name a few.

It also operates an international network that continues to grow; currently servicing Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Macau.

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The history of Bamboo

The airline was founded in 2017 and commenced operations in January 2019.

By the time the pandemic hit, it meant that Bamboo Airways was less than one year into its operations.

One might have thought that this would have left the carrier in a precarious position, but the reality was far from that.

From the beginning, Bamboo has had strong success. The airline had strong and positive goals from the get-go, aiming to hire up to 600 employees, with recruitment beginning in April 2018.[

Bamboo’s Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) was granted on 9 July 2018 and they subsequently passed the five required stages for certification by Vietnam’s Civil Aviation Authority.

After reviewing the airline’s financial structure and business plan, the Ministry of Transport issued an aviation license in November 2018 and the first flight took off in January of 2019.

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Remaining strong during COVID-19

A key factor that has helped the airline to survive and continue to strive throughout COVID-19 comes down to the fact that Vietnam represents a very strong market for airlines.

Vietnam has a steadily expanding airline market, according to Simple Flying. The expansion of the market saw 20% growth in the five years before coronavirus.

This reflects Vietnam’s economic growth as a whole, with its GDP rising by 225% in 10 years.

Looking to the future

Alongside its diverse route network of both domestic routes and international routes within Asia, the airline has built up a solid fleet.

Bamboo is looking at expanding its international operations throughout 2021 and into 2022, with Australia on the list.

The company has eyed off the possibility of regular flights to Melbourne, Australia – a destination that is already served through the airline’s COVID repatriation flights.

“We look forward to strengthening our relationship with the airline and enhancing our non-stop service to Vietnam on the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner in 2021, including to Hanoi for the first time, which opens up critical trade, leisure and business opportunities for Victoria.”

Melbourne Airport’s chief of aviation, Shane O’Hare

The market between Australia and Vietnam, even prior to the pandemic, was relatively limited.

There were almost 1,000,000 passenger movements between the two countries in 2018, and nearly 60% of those passengers had to transit, through countries such as Singapore.

Most recently, the airline has made some noise within the industry by offering to ‘status match’ frequent flyer memberships to other airlines.

In any case, it’s pretty clear that Bamboo Air has found its wings and is here to stay.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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IRS to require facial recognition in order to file and pay taxes

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A major shake-up is coming to the way US citizens file their taxes

Citizens that file their taxes online tax will soon be required to submit a selfie to a third-party identity verification company using facial recognition tech in order to file their taxes or make IRS payments online.

According to Gizmodo, from this summer, online users with an IRS.gov account will no longer be able to log in with a simple username and password.

The new process will instead involve facial recognition. Users will need to provide a government identification document, a selfie, and copies of their bills to Virginian-based identity verification firm ID.me to confirm who they are.

That change, first noticed by Krebs on Security, marks a major shift for the IRS which previously allowed users to file their taxes without submitting personal biometric data.

Gizmodo reports that a statement from an IRS spokesperson said users can still receive basic information from the IRS website without logging in, however the representative added they would need to sign in through ID.me to make and view payments, access tax records, view or create payment plans, manage communications preference, or view tax authorisations.

Users attempting to log in to their accounts using ID.me will have to create an account with the company by uploading either a driver’s license, passport, or passport card.

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The international airlines suspending US flights

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Emirates has announced that it is suspending a majority of flights to the United States due to the planned launch of 5G

Flights are suspended to all destinations in the United States, except major cities including Los Angeles, New York and Washington.

Due to operational concerns associated with the planned deployment of 5G mobile network services in the US at certain airports

EMIRATES SAID in a memo to employees

Air India, All Nippon Airways, and Japan Airlines, have all suspended most routes to the United States as well.

This follows the world’s largest telecommunications company AT&T announcing it will delay the implementation of its 5G service at some airports in the United States.

This is all in response to CEOs of America’s largest airlines warning of a major disruption to travel and shipping if the service is rolled out. 

In an open letter, the executives call for 5G technology to be limited near US airports.

In the statement, the CEOs are requesting a limit on 5G within 2 miles of airport runways as defined by the FAA

It says “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies”.

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Airline CEOs warn of major 5G disruption near airports

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CEO’s of America’s largest airlines are warning of a major disruption to travel and shipping

They’re calling for 5G technology to be limited near U.S airports

In an open letter also signed by shipping giants FedEec and UPS, the CEO’s wrote with urgency to request a limit on 5G within 2 miles of airport runways as defined by the FAA

The say that “Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies”

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