Vietnam Airlines granted permission for direct flights to the US

September 07, 2019 | 07:33
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The US Department of Transportation has just issued the permission for the transportation of persons and packages from Vietnam to the United States to Vietnam Airlines.
vietnam airlines granted permission for direct flights to the us
Vietnam Airlines was granted permission to have direct flights to the US

Vietnam Airlines (VNA) is the first carrier of Vietnam to get this permission, which is one of the necessary conditions for a foreign air carrier to fly to the US.

Specifically, VNA is scheduled to transport persons, property, and mail between Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, via the intermediate points Taipei, Taiwan, and Osaka and Nagoya (Japan), and the coterminal points Los Angeles and San Francisco (California), New York (New York), Seattle (Washington), and Dallas/Ft. Worth (Texas), and beyond to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto of Canada.

Additionally, VNA is also scheduled to transport persons, property, and mail from points behindVietnam, via Vietnam and intermediate points to 25 co-terminal US points and beyond, on a codeshare basis only with an authorised US or third-country carrier.

This is a new step of VNA in establishing a direct flight to the US after being granted the Category 1 status by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in February, which means Vietnam’s civil aviation authority meets the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s standards (ICAO).

Last month, VNA and the US’ second-biggest carrier Delta Air Lines signed a code-sharing agreement to expand operations expected from October 2019. Accordingly, the two airlines will test the operation system in September 2019 and then one month later, when VNA’s system is assessed to meet the standards, Delta Air Lines will begin selling tickets for VNA’s Hanoi-Tokyo flights to serve passengers who want to fly to the US via Tokyo transit. This is the first step for VNA to study the Vietnam-US aviation market.

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