Vietnamese air carrier Bamboo Airways has been granted a Foreign Air Carrier Permit by the US Department of Transportation (DoT).
Bamboo Airways is authorized to operate nonstop flights by wide-body aircraft Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner between major airports in Vietnam such as Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh city with all international airports in the US.
Last year, 1.5 million passengers traveled between Vietnam and the US, according to data company OAG. However, no airline operates nonstop services between the two markets. A 13,146-km flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Los Angeles clocks in at around 16 hours, placing it among the ranks of the world’s longest routes.
Nguyen Ngoc Trong, Deputy General Director of Bamboo Airways, said: “Depending on the pandemic recovery of the US and market conditions, by the end of 2020 or at the beginning of 2021 at the soonest, we will operate direct flights to the US.”
According to Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Trong, this is an important milestone in the carrier’s flight route promotion. After receiving the permit from the USDOT, the carrier will continue to implement licensing procedures from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the US Transportation Security Organisation (TSA) and other US authorities.
In parallel with the licensing procedures, Bamboo Airways has prepared facilities and equipment to meet operating standards. The carrier has been training pilots and improving its fleet. Employees are trained on requirements and regulations related to safety and security, legal conditions, federal and state laws and market situations to prepare for direct flights.