A Vietnam Airlines plane is seen at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on September 9, 2021. Photo by VnExpress / Ngoc Thanh
Vietnam Airlines is expected to receive final clearance from US authorities to conduct scheduled direct flights to the United States after nearly two decades of preparation.
The national carrier has completed all the necessary paperwork to be approved by the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA), he said.
It should soon receive the license from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The airline did not specify a date.
Vietnam Airlines said the permit is different from that previously granted for special international charter flights between Vietnam and the United States.
The carrier had already received clearances for 12 charter flights last year and 12 more this year.
Bamboo Airways had also received clearance to operate 12 charter flights to the United States from this month to November.
Last month, Bloomberg reported that Vietnam Airlines was planning to operate scheduled flights between Vietnam and the United States from October.
The airline in 2003 was ordered by the Department of Transportation to begin direct services to the United States by 2005. However, concerns about profitability have prevented the carrier from meeting the target so far. .