HANOI, June 28, 2021: Vietnam Airlines is the second Vietnamese airline this month to obtain traffic rights to serve North American cities following approvals granted to Bamboo Airlines.
Transport Canada has issued a foreign air operator certificate to Vietnam’s national airline that will allow it to offer direct passenger and cargo services starting next month.
If it organizes flights, they will be limited to repatriation services for Vietnamese returning home or studying in Canada.
Transport Canada’s decision to issue a Foreign Air Operator Certificate allows the airline to carry passengers and cargo anywhere in the country.
Routesonline last week said the first repatriation service would fly to Vancouver. Currently, the airline does not operate scheduled direct commercial flights to cities in North America. However, it offers services to Los Angeles and San Francisco with an intermediate stopover in Taipei, Seoul or Narita Tokyo using either Boeing 787s or Airbus A350s.
By virtue of traffic rights obtained from Transport Canada, it can now offer direct services to Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.
Earlier this month, Bamboo Airways secured traffic rights from the U.S. Department of Transportation Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) in Los Angeles in the United States.
The airline has been considering a route to the United States since its inception in 2017. It plans to fly between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles, and San Francisco from October 2021, with four weekly flights. At first, the flights will stop at Taipei, Osaka or Nagoya, but he plans to fly directly to Los Angeles.
Owned by FLC Group, the airline is registered in Quy Nhơn, Vietnam, with a head office in Hanoi.