Vietnam qualified to establish flight services to US

Friday, 2019-02-15 16:57:07
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US Ambassador to Vietnam Daniel Kritenbrink presents the CAT1 certification to Director General of the CAAV Dinh Viet Thang (C) and Minister of Transport Nguyen Van The (far right) on February 15. (Photo: NDO/Minh Trang)
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NDO/VNA - Vietnamese airlines are now able to fly to the US and codeshare with US carriers after the US Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) declared that the Southeast Asian country complies with international safety standards under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment programme.

The US Embassy in Vietnam officially granted its host country with the Category 1 (CAT 1) rating on February 15.

According to Director General of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) Dinh Viet Thang, acquiring the CAT 1 will help to elevate Vietnamese airlines’ position and prestige to a new high.

There are currently no direct flights between Vietnam and the US, thus passengers are currently having to transit in different countries and territories. The Vietnamese Government had approved plans early last year to expand the network of national carriers to major markets including Australia, China, Europe, and the US.

Vietnam and the US signed an air transport agreement in 2003 to allow carriers from each country to operate unlimited direct air services in both directions.

The CAAV has made concerted efforts to advance progress in safety and air navigation with strong support from Boeing – the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, as well as defence, space, and security systems – and the work has now finally paid off.

Regarding plans to open direct flights to the US, Thang said Vietnam Airlines, low-cost Vietjet Air, and the new comer Bamboo Airways desire to fly to the US.