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Vietnam - US direct flights hoped to open at the end of 2015

Sat, 31 Jan 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 09:00

Boeing pledged their support for Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) to get category 1 approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This action will pave the way for setting Vietnam - US direct flights.

Deputy Minister Mr. Nguyen Hong Truong emphasized that 2015 is an important and meaningful year of Vietnam - US diplomatic relationship. In this year, two countries will commemorate the 20th anniversary of launching the diplomatic relations between two countries. It is expected that no later than at the end of 2015, Vietnam - US direct flights will be launched. The Memorandum of Collaboration between Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam and The Boeing Company signed in January 26th, 2015 in Hanoi was considered as an important promotional activity. This event marked a significant milestone for opening Vietnam - US direct routes. The signing ceremony was honored to welcome the attendance of Deputy Minister of Transport Mr. Nguyen Ngoc Dong and US Ambassador in Vietnam Mr. Ted Osius. The signing of the Memorandum of Collaboration was a right move for long-term cooperation to develop Vietnam aviation industry. The Memorandum of Collaboration was also the newest action in a series of activities that Boeing has made to help Vietnam improve its aviation sector.


Minister Dinh La Thang met and worked with US Ambassador Ted Osius


Accordingly, Boeing committed to provide additional funds for CAAV's development in the process of updating the system of regulations and legal documents. Besides, Boeing will support Vietnam in training professional staffs. According to the agreement on the technical support in compliance with the provisions of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) on the aviation safety surveillance, Boeing will assist CAAV in two periods. In the first period, Boeing will help Vietnam to update Aviation Safety Regulations and Aviation Safety Management System to get category 1 approval. In the second period, CAAV staffs will be trained and practiced to enhance their skills.

Mr Skip Boyce, Chairman of Boeing in the South East Asia stated that when Vietnam got category 1 approval from FAA, CAAV would be allowed to supervise all airlines based in Vietnam. This will ensure that all airlines meet strictly international regulations and standards to provide passenger transport services for long flights between Vietnam and US. Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, General Director of CAAV said that American was an important and potential market of Vietnam airline industry. Therefore, the signing of the Memorandum of Collaboration is an important agreement because when Vietnam get category 1 approval from FAA, commercial airlines of Vietnam can exploit direct routes between two countries.


US Ambassador Ted Osius in the meeting with Minister Dinh La Thang


Expressing the hope for the cooperation between Vietnam and US, Mr. Ted Osius said that the establishment of US - Vietnam direct flights would encouraged tourism activities between two countries. Simultaneously, it creates favorable conditions for exchanges and trade relations between two countries. Launching direct flights between Vietnam and US, Vietnam Airlines will demonstrate its capabilities to develop and expand its markets. Reportedly, Boeing has closely cooperated with Vietnam Government to enhance the country's aviation safety, attract investments for Vietnam manufacturing sector, and improve Vietnam higher education system in fields of information technology and engineering. In recent years, Boeing has developed many initiatives in the development of Vietnam aviation capabilities. Currently, CAAV are making continuous efforts to get 1 approval from FAA. It is expected that Vietnam - US direct flights will be opened at the end of 2015.

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