Boeing and Bamboo Airways announced on June 25, 2018, a commitment for 20 787-9 Dreamliners in deal that would be worth $5.6 billion at list prices when finalized. The announcement was made during a signing ceremony at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce office.

As part of the agreement, Bamboo Airways completed the deposit requirement in mid-June 2018 to reserve 20 airplanes, which are tentatively scheduled to be delivered from April 2020 through 2021.

Bamboo Airways is a startup airline that plans to begin commercial operations in 2019 from the Vietnam capital of Hanoi. The carrier plans to offer flights within Vietnam before expanding into other Northeast Asian markets such as China, Korea and Japan.

Bamboo Airways is wholly-owned by the FLC Group, a Vietnamese multi-industry company, focusing on aviation, real estate, resorts, farming, and golf. On March 26, 2018, FLC already committed to 24 Airbus A320neos for Bamboo Airways.