Vietnamese airlines can now fly directly to the United States

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Vietnam with a Category 1 rating.

Vietnam’s aviation industry got a huge boost, with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration declaring the nation’s aviation being in compliance with international safety standards. As a result, Vietnam’s airlines can now fly to the United States and codeshare with American carriers.

The U.S. aviation safety agency has awarded Vietnam a “Category 1” rating.

Currently, there are no non-stop flights between the two countries. There is clearly a large market which is largely untapped which caters to tourism and visits by friends and relatives.

Vietnam Airlines JSC and Bamboo Airways have both expressed the desire to fly to the United States.

According to a statement by the FAA, its decision means Vietnam complies with international safety standards “and has been granted a Category 1 rating under the agency’s International Aviation Safety Assessment program.”

“Vietnamese air carriers that are able to secure the requisite FAA and DOT (Department of Transportation) authority can establish service to the United States and carry the code of U.S. carriers.”

In 2018, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration had sent a team to Vietnam to conduct a safety assessment.

Unlike Thailand, which once had a Category 1 rating and is seeking to regain it after a downgrade to Category 2, Vietnam did not previously hold a FAA rating.

According to data from Vietnam’s civil aviation regulator, the country’s surging aviation market saw traffic increase jump by 16%, on average, year-on-year from 2010 to 2017.

Incidentally, Vietnam’s budget carriers, VietJet Aviation JSC and Jetstar Pacific, are major customers of Boeing Co and Airbus SE.

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