The United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will assess the aviation security work in Vietnam in support of Vietnam Airlines’ regular operations.
A Vietnam Airlines plane (Photo: VNA)
The Vietnam Civil Aviation Authority (CAAV) said in a report sent to the Department of Transportation that it had received notice from the U.S. Embassy in Vietnam and the TSA’s chief representative for the Vietnam on the Vietnam Airlines Aviation Safety Assessment and Oversight Plan.
As planned, three TSA aviation safety supervisors will arrive in Vietnam in two phases to assess the safety conditions at terminals serving Vietnam Airlines direct flights to the United States, namely Noi Bai International Airport from December 2-7 and Tan Son Nhat International Airport from December 8-13. They will also review the safety work of Vietnam Airlines and a number of companies providing aircraft maintenance and repair services as well as aircraft equipment to Vietnam Airlines.
The assessment is part of the final steps for authorized US agencies to issue a permit to Vietnam Airlines to operate direct scheduled commercial flights between Vietnam and the United States.
The TSA has officially confirmed that Vietnam Airlines meets all safety requirements to operate scheduled direct commercial flights to the United States from October 25.
Dinh Viet Son, deputy director of CAAV, said authorized agencies in Vietnam are working hard to help Vietnam Airlines and other airlines operate direct flights to the United States.
Vietnam Airlines plans to launch the first scheduled commercial flight from Tan Son Nhat International Airport to San Francisco at the end of November after obtaining the US permit.
Another Vietnamese airline – Bamboo Airways – is also taking steps to operate scheduled flights on a direct route between Vietnam and the United States. /.