Airlines has filed a request to the US Department of
Transportation for a foreign air carrier permit.
The permit would allow the airline to run a direct service
between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles via Osaka, Japan.
move would be a significant step in Vietnam
- US relations,
the US Embassy said in a press release.
"With Vietnam's recent accession to the World Trade
Organisation, direct air service between the United States
and Vietnam offers opportunities for increased bilateral
trade and tourism, thereby enhancing Vietnam's participation
in the global economy," it said.
To meet the requirements of the permit, the US Trade and
Development Agency is providing US$1.4mil for a three-phase
project to upgrade Vietnam's safety oversight capability to
international standards. The Civil Aviation Administration
of Vietnam (CAAV) has now completed the first phase of this
The US Transportation Security Administration must also
check that foreign airports used by foreign air carriers for
direct service to the US meet minimum international
standards for aviation security.
An official of Vietnam Airlines said the carrier hoped to
launch the direct flight later this year, but the exact time
will be subject to approval of the US Department of
To prepare for the direct flight as well as expand its
fleet, Vietnam Airlines has recently inked contracts to buy
10A350-900XWB aeroplanes; 10 A321s; and four Boeing B787-8
Under the International Aviation Safety Oversight Assessment
Programme, the US Federal Aviation Administration assesses
all foreign civil aviation authorities whose air carriers
serve the US in order to ascertain compliance with
internationally agreed minimum standards for air safety
oversight established by the International Civil Aviation
Organisation, the American Embassy said.
(Source: Viet Nam News)