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Two airlines in Vietnam will offer scheduled, non-stop flights between Vietnam and the United States from next year. The routes will go down in history as the first direct flights between the two countries and make traveling to Vietnam easier than ever for American travelers. Vietnam Airlines had successfully launched a test flight last week and hopes to increase the volume of weekly flights in the new year.
A competitor of Vietnam Airways – Bamboo Airways is also hoping to join in the action. The new airline hopes to launch its own non-stop routes between the two countries, which could give travelers even more route options for traveling between the two countries. Here’s a look at everything you need to know about these latest developments, including why it took so long, details about the test flight, and why Vietnam should be on your 2022 travel list.
Scheduled Vietnam-US flights – Travel information
While Vietnam is a destination that has grown in popularity among American travelers in recent years, it hasn’t always been the easiest place to visit. With no nonstop flights between the two countries, travelers are forced to transit through other countries and take multiple flights to reach their destination – but, as anyone who has visited Vietnam will tell you, it is worth it. worth it.
Fortunately, the journey is about to get a lot easier. In 2019, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded Vietnam Category 1 Status as a country, which means that it is now finally possible to schedule direct flights between the two countries. It has been 20 years since American travelers seem to finally be able to enjoy non-stop flights between the two countries not with one airline, but two. Vietnam’s national carrier, Vietnam Airways, was the pole airline to take advantage of new route opportunities, and announced plans to make a non-stop flight from Vietnam to the United States last month.
The airline launched its inaugural flight from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco International Airport last week, the flight lasting 12 hours and 52 minutes. On the way back, the flight to Vietnam lasted 15 hours and 48 minutes. While flights are currently limited to two flights per week due to Covid-19 restrictions, the airline plans to offer daily services in the new year, and is already considering a route between Los Angeles and Hanoi.
Speaking about their historic success, Vietnam Airlines Chairman and CEO Le Hong Ha noted:
“Vietnam Airlines was so proud to be the country’s first airline to charter flight to the United States over a year ago to welcome its compatriots to their home countries. Today, we are pleased to announce the success of the first direct round-trip commercial flight between Vietnam and the United States, marking a new milestone for Vietnam Airlines and Vietnamese aviation.
As Vietnam Airways increases its frequency of flights in 2022, it may well see a competitor carve out its own routes to the United States. Bamboo Airways – a fast-growing airline launched in 2017 – has launched its own test flight from Hanoi to San Francisco, and is awaiting clearance from the FAA to launch a regular route, which could give American travelers the lots of choice. Bamboo Airways also used a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, the same aircraft used in the Vietnam Airways test flight.
From the famous karst landscape of Ha Long Bay, to the hustle and bustle of life in Hanoi and the stunning beaches of Nha Trang – not to mention the Dalat Hills – Vietnam is a cheap and lively vacation option that has something to do with it. something for everyone, and looks set to welcome travelers into the New Year. The country recently announced its plans for a gradual reopening from this month, leading to a full reopening by June 2022.
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