Vietnam Airlines signs an agreement with Delta Air Lines, the second largest U.S. carrier, to open Vietnam-USA flights via Japan
The first tests of joint flights will take place in September. Delta Air Lines is expected to start selling flights between Hanoi and the U.S. cities via Tokyo in October. Then Vietnam Airlines will deliver passengers to the Japanese capital and hand over the baton to U.S. aircraft.
This step was taken after the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA assigned Vietnam a CAT-1 rating last February. This means that aviation standards in the country comply with international standards. Now Vietnamese carriers are entitled to direct or code-share flights to the USA.
According to the old agreement of 2010, only Delta Air Lines was engaged in passenger transportation. Vietnam Airlines could only sell tickets for flights that went through Tokyo or Frankfurt.
On Wednesday, a representative of the Vietnamese carrier told the media that this is the first step of the company towards direct flights to America. According to the Vietnamese Civil Aviation Authority, passenger traffic between the SRV and the U.S. grew by an average of 8% annually from 2010 to 2017. Last year, 107,000 Vietnamese flew to America and 687,000 Americans to Vietnam. At the same time, there are still no direct flights between the countries.
In June, Vietnam Airlines signed the same agreement with Aeroflot. Code sharing flights connected Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi with St. Petersburg, Ufa and Krasnodar via Moscow.
Source: Tuoi Tre News. Translation: Nikita Grebennikov.