Vietnam Airlines is planning scheduled flights to the United States from the end of November | New

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Vietnam Airlines plans to begin scheduled direct flights between Vietnam and the United States from late November, after obtaining regulatory approval from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Carrier SkyTeam said in a November 1 statement that it had received clearance from the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for direct flights to the United States, paving the way for possible approval from the FAA.

He notes that TSA clearance is “one of the most complex and important requirements” to obtain before obtaining FAA approval for operations.

The airline intends to start by operating direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco, but did not say whether it was considering other cities in the United States.

Current border restrictions on inbound travelers to Vietnam will also mean that Vietnam Airlines may not operate many outbound flights.

In recent months, Vietnamese carriers have focused on direct flights to the United States, especially on the west coast, where a large Vietnamese diaspora resides.

Fellow countryman Bamboo Airways, for example, has been given the green light to operate nonstop charter flights from Hanoi and Da Nang to Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Bamboo would also be interested in direct scheduled flights between the two countries.

In February 2019, the FAA moved Vietnam to Category 1 in its safety assessment, which paves the way for Vietnamese carriers to expand their operations in the United States.

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