Vietnam Airlines will not open a flight route to the US until next year when Vietnam's capacity of monitoring flight safety is recognized by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
According to the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), FAA officials are expected to come to Vietnam next year to evaluate the country's capacity of overseeing flight safety in accordance with the International Aviation Safety Oversight Audit.
Only when Vietnam's aviation industry meets the requirements of the program's category No.1, would FAA agree to let CAAV-licensed planes to fly into the US.
So far the national carrier has acquired the certificate of international flight safety and joined the global airline alliance SkyTeam.
Currently many foreign airlines like Thai Airways, Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines are operating flights between Vietnam and the US with transfers at several Asian countries.
United Airlines is the only US carrier that is conducting US-Vietnam flights with transfer at Hong Kong.