Vietnam Airlines approved to operate US flights

07-Sep-2019 Intellasia | The Saigon Times | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Vietnam Airlines has been awarded a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation (DOT), allowing the national flag carrier to operate flights between Vietnam and the United States.

The airline has received permission for a variety of routes from its two largest hubs, HCM City and Hanoi, according to local and international media reports.

In the United States, the airline is authorised to fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth. It also has permission for operating connecting flights to the Canadian cities of Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

Vietnam Airlines is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, so it will likely utilise the connecting network of its partner Delta Air Lines, which operates hubs at three of Vietnam Airlines’ potential destinations Los Angeles, New York and Seattle.

If the airline launches flights to Canada, it will likely be able to utilise the network of WestJet, Canada’s second-largest airline.

Vietnam Airlines has been given permission to fly to 25 international destinations under codeshare agreements. The destinations can be arranged by the airline and its partners.

Due to the distance covered by direct flights between Vietnam and the United States, Vietnam airlines might make use of stopovers instead.

The airline has been approved for fifth freedom flights between Vietnam, Taipei and the United States, allowing the carrier to transport passengers directly between Taipei and the United States.

The airline has also been approved to use Osaka and Nagoya, Japan, as stopovers en-route to its US destinations, but it is not allowed to carry passengers from these Japanese destinations to the United States.

Duong Tri Thanh, general director of Vietnam Airlines, told Thanh Nien newspaper, that since the US Federal Aviation Administration upgraded Vietnam’s safety rating to a Category 1 status in February this year, the carrier has been trying to complete the relevant procedures to launch a direct flight service to the world’s largest economy.

The US aviation authority has established stringent regulations, so there remain many procedures to be completed, particularly regarding security elements and regulatory procedures, he added.

According to the general Statistical Office of Vietnam, Vietnam saw 687,000 arrivals from the United States last year, up 11.7 percent from a year earlier. Local tour operators noted that travellers from Los Angeles and San Francisco make up more than 30 percent of the total.


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