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Vietnam Airlines reconsiders date to open approach routes to a US

VietNamNet Bridge – If it opens approach atmosphere routes to a US by 2018 as planned, Vietnam Airlines might bear a detriment of adult to $50 million per annum, that means it would have to spend VND1 trillion a year in bound costs on marketplace creation.

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In a five-year (2016-2020) business devise authorized by a Ministry of Transport, Vietnam Airlines skeleton to open approach atmosphere routes to a US by a finish of 2018. 

However, a inhabitant dwindle atmosphere conduit might have to recur a plan.

The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam’s (CAAV) control Lai Xuan Thanh has pronounced that a devise on assessing aviation reserve notice ability to be conducted by FAA (US Federal Aviation Administration) opposite CAAV (International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) Program) has been delayed.

As primarily planned, a Vietnamese side will send a commission of officials to a US to pointer an agreement to control a technical review. However, FAA has recently requested a signing of a agreement by mail. After a signing, FAA would send specialists to Vietnam, and a technical examination will finish in Jul during a earliest.

Only if CAAV is famous as assembly turn 1 (CAT 1) in aviation reserve notice capability, will a US Department of Transport (DOT) cruise Vietnam Airlines’ focus for opening approach atmosphere routes to a US.

In Nov 2016, Vietnam Airlines practical to open approach atmosphere routes to DOT underneath a suggestion of a Vietnam-US Air Transport Agreement sealed in Dec 2003.

Though Vietnam Airlines still has not non-stop atmosphere routes to a US, it has warranted income from a immeasurable marketplace given 2006 by formula sharing, 7 flights a week to 25 cities in a US.

At present, there are still no approach flights between Vietnam and a US. The passengers have to have during slightest one stop with a moody time of 20-56 hours. In low season, a best atmosphere sheet is $400, while in high season, a best is no reduction than $1,000 (to a West Coast).

In 2016, a sum marketplace capacity, according to Vietnam Airlines, was reduction than 700,000 passengers while a expansion rate was reduction than 9 percent per annum. The flights to Los Angeles and San Francisco accounted for 30 percent of marketplace capacity.

Ten years ago, Vietnam Airlines designed to fly to a US with Boeing777-200, though now  plans to use Boeing787-9 or Airbus350XWB. However, passengers will still have one technical stop, lifting costs.

Under Vietnam Airlines’ plan, there would be one technical stop in Tokyo, where aircraft  receive fuel to continue to fly to Los Angeles.

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