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Transport Ministry proposes designating Bamboo Airways to fly to U.S.

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – The Ministry of Transport has suggested the Ministry of Foreign Affairs send a diplomatic note to the United States on the designation of Bamboo Airways as an operator of scheduled flights between Vietnam and the U.S.

According to Article 3 of the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between Vietnam and the U.S., each side has the right to designate as many airlines as it wants, to operate international air transport in line with the agreement.

The designations shall be informed to the other side in a document via diplomatic channels, and will determine whether the airlines can operate charter or scheduled flights, or both. 

In preparation to operate direct flights to the U.S. in 2022, Bamboo Airways has been granted a license from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and an air operator certificate for the B787-9 aircraft in the North American region.

Regarding legal procedures, Bamboo Airways submitted a dossier for a regular flight permit to the U.S. Department of Transport on June 1, 2021

On September 23 and 24, the airline operated a round-trip flight on the Hanoi – San Francisco – Hanoi route, as licensed by the aviation authorities of Vietnam and the U.S.

“The designation of Bamboo Airways as an operator of scheduled flights between Vietnam and the U.S. is in line with the Bilateral Air Transport Agreement between the two countries,” the Transport Ministry said in its document sent to the Foreign Ministry. 

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