Transport Canada has cleared Vietnam Airlines to launch passenger and cargo flights to any airport in Canada, effective this month.
The first flight is scheduled to take off from Hanoi to Toronto Pearson International on June 30 later this month to repatriate the Vietnamese to Canada. The carrier is also looking forward to transporting Vietnamese students to Canada next month.
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Vietnam Airlines is the first Vietnamese carrier to obtain a Foreign Air Operator Certificate from Transport Canada after a long review process that lasted four months.
Although the detailed schedule is yet to be released, the Vietnamese national carrier will primarily operate flights to Toronto and Vancouver. The airline will deploy its Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s for these ultra-long-haul flights.
The national carrier has configured its A350-900 with 305 seats, while its Boeing 787-10 are configured with 366 seats.
Recently, the carrier also received clearance from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct 12 repatriation flights this year, starting this month.
Canada flights for Vietnam Airlines
Last year, she obtained authorization to make several repatriation flights to Canada between July and November.
Flights to the United States
Vietnam Airlines has been authorized by US authorities to operate 12 repatriation flights this year.
On June 22, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner registered as VN-A868 made its maiden flight via Hanoi to Washington, DC, with a stopover in Alaska before returning to Vietnam on June 24.
The airline said “it would operate these flights using its largest widebody aircraft, the Boeing 787 or the Airbus A350.”
11 Airbus planes are up for auction
Three Vietnamese banks have offered to give Vietnam Airlines (HVN.HM) 4 trillion dong ($ 173.8 million) to help the ailing airline withstand the effects of the pandemic and avoid bankruptcy.
It intends to auction 11 Airbus A321s as the Southeast Asian nation’s flag bearer struggles to recover from the catastrophic impact of the pandemic. The airline wound up the plane between 2004 and 2008 because of its attempts to renew its fleet and strengthen its financial situation during the outbreak, state media said, citing an unidentified source from Vietnam Airlines. In the first quarter of this year, the airline recorded an economic loss of 4.97 trillion dong ($ 215.68 million), nearly double the deficit of 2.61 trillion dong in the first quarter of 2020.
Three Vietnamese banks have reportedly offered to finance 4 trillion dong ($ 173.8 million) to help the national airline survive the aviation recession triggered by the COVID-19 epidemic and avoid insolvency .
Vietnam Airlines fleets
Vietnam Airlines currently operates 49 Airbus A321-200s, of which 27 are in service and 22 are in storage. Vietnam Airlines’ remaining fleet includes two Airbus A320neo, two Airbus A321neo, fourteen Airbus A350-900, seven ATR 72-500, four Boeing 787-10 and eleven Boeing 787-9.