The US FAA confirmed to give authorisation to Vietnam Airlines to fly to five destinations in the United States as well as flying onward to three Canadian cities.
After receiving last February the authorisation to code-share with US carriers to serve the US market after the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration declared the Southeast Asian country complies with international safety standards. The carrier just received final approval of US authorities to fly with its own aircraft to the USA…
At the end of last month, Vietnam Airlines received permission from the United States Department of Transportation to begin flights between its hubs in Vietnam and the United States. The airline was also confirmed the possibility to fly in fifth freedom rights for routes beyond the USA, such as Taiwan or Japan on its way to the USA. The airline will also be able to connect to more cities thanks to its partners Delta Airlines and WestJet in Canada- both being members of SkyTeam alliance.
The authorisation will able Vietnam Airlines to fly from its two hubs of Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Dallas/Fort Worth. It also has permissions for onward travel to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto in Canada.
Th airline has not make an announcement yet over a date to start its flights. Flying to the USA is an extremely competitive market as onward connections already exist with Taiwanese carriers, Cathay Pacific, Korean and Japanese airlines out of Vietnam. Vietnam Airlines is likely to use a Boeing 787-8 for its future US flights with a possible stop-over in Japan or Taiwan.
There is a growing air market between the United States and Vietnam. US total number of travellers to Vietnam reached last year 687,000, up by 12%. The USA was the fifth largest foreign inbound market for Vietnam. For the first eight months of 2019, US visitors topped 520,395, up by 7% over 2018. The emergence of a Vietnamese middle class is also likely to stimulate trips from Vietnamese travellers to the USA.