Vietnam Airlines has set the ball in motion insofar as the start of scheduled passenger flights to the United States is concerned.
In its application to the US DOT for exemption authority and a Foreign Air Carrier Permit (FACP), the Vietnamese carrier said it expects to begin service on or about October 30, 2018, operating daily return flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles initially using A350-900 aircraft.
The carrier said it may change both the launch date and preferred route should the need arise.
Under the terms of the Vietnam-United States Air Services Agreement, the Vietnamese government, in 2007, designated the following cities in the US it wishes to serve on a regular basis alongside Los Angeles: San Francisco; Seattle Tacoma Int’l; New York; Washington Dulles; and Dallas/Fort Worth.
As intermediary points, it specified Taipei Taoyuan, Taiwan and Nagoya Chubu, Japan while beyond travel points were listed as Vancouver Int’l, Montréal Trudeau, and Toronto Pearson in Canada. No local traffic rights between Japan and the United States have been granted.
Vietnam Airlines’ current long-haul destinations are London Heathrow, Frankfurt Int’l, Paris CDG, Melbourne Tullamarine and Sidney Kingsford Smith, which are currently served with A350-900s, B787-9s, A330-200s and B777-200ERs.