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Vietnam Airlines gets USA air carrier permit

Vietnam Airlines has been awarded a foreign air carrier permit from the US Department of Transportation, a regulatory filing shows.

The airline is authorized to operate flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to several US destinations as well as flights via points in Taipei, Taiwan and Osaka and Nagoya in Japan.

The airline will be permitted to fly to Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Seattle and Dallas-Fort Worth. It can also continue flights to Canadian cities Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto.

Vietnam Airlines and Delta Air Lines recently upped their codeshare relationship, with Delta carrying its code on the Hanoi-Tokyo route starting in October.

The USA awarded Vietnam Category 1 status in February, which was a key step in opening up flights between the two countries that lack nonstop links. With this status Vietnamese airlines—most notably Vietnam Airlines, VietJet Air and Bamboo Airways—are permitted to apply for the requisite regulatory approvals to serve US cities.

Vietnam Airlines has shown interest in the Ho Chi Minh City-Los Angeles route.

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