The Vietnam Embassy in the U.S. expects further favorable conditions from US agencies for Bamboo Airways to operate its inaugural non-stop flight connecting Vietnam and the States.
In the official dispatch on July 9, the embassy expresses its gratitude to the Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Federal Aviation Administration for supporting and facilitating flights to repatriate thousands of Vietnamese citizens stranded in the U.S. due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
While international commercial flights remain suspended, Bamboo Airways has been granted permission to conduct charter flights to transport goods and passengers to the U.S., the foreign mission of Vietnam emphasized.
Bamboo Airways plans to operate modern wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on non-stop routes connecting Vietnam and the U.S. Photo by Bamboo Airways.
On Nov. 6, 2020, Bamboo Airways was licensed to conduct flights connecting the States and Vietnam by the U.S. Department of Transport. On June 23, 2021, the airline submitted the necessary documents to the Federal Aviation Administration of the U.S. to complete procedures for its first charter flight.
Regarding the plan, the embassy requests continued support from all concerned parties.
“The embassy would appreciate it if the relevant U.S. agencies could consider all the submitted documents by the Bamboo Airways on June 23 at their earliest convenience,” the dispatch stated.
In fact, Bamboo Airways was officially designated to exploit charter flights to the U.S. in May 2021. The airline has acquired slots to conduct regular non-stop flights from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco and Los Angeles.
As of now, Bamboo Airways has fulfilled technical requirements to conduct non-stop charter flights to the U.S. with its wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner fleet, approved by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam.
The airline is rushing to establish a representative office in the U.S., in cooperation with San Francisco International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.
According to a Bamboo Airways representative, the carrier is working with U.S. agencies to complete procedures for its first non-stop flight to depart at the end of July or early August.
Bamboo Airways has officially entered into cooperation with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to pilot the digital health passport IATA Travel Pass, marking significant progress in the airline’s preparation for international routes reopening. Besides, the carrier is implementing Covid-19 vaccinations for all employees and related affiliates, creating perimeter protection for seamless operation. Bamboo Airways’s Covid-19 prevention process is considered the most comprehensive and effective, achieving an absolute level of 7/7.