First direct Vietnam to US flights to launch

Bamboo Airways is to launch the first regularly scheduled nonstop flights between Vietnam and the United States, following the signing of an MOU with SFO

The memorandum of understanding was signed after a test flight from Hanoi’s Noi Bai International Airport (HAN) to San Francisco International Airport (SFO) by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner belonging to the Vietnamese airline.

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The arrangement is intended to strengthen the connection between the two aviation markets and their respective countries. Based on the MOU, Bamboo Airlines (BAV) and SFO will consolidate and promote the built-in conditions to deploy regular nonstop flights from Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam to SFO.

“Jointly promoted by SFO and BAV, these are the first regular nonstop flights connecting Vietnam and the US,” explained Dang Tat Thang, CEO of BAV. “We expect this movement will bring direct benefits to the aviation markets in two countries, making a substantial contribution to the development of bilateral and multilateral trade, tourism, and economy, especially in the post-pandemic period."

“We are truly proud to be the first airport in the United States to offer nonstop flights to Vietnam,” added SFO airport director Ivar C Satero.

BAV’s initial plans involve four non-stop flights per week between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco aboard 787-900 Dreamliners. This will increase to daily flights based on market demand and US government approvals.

The nonstop flights will see travel time between the two countries reduced from about 20 hours to 15-16 hours compared to transit flights.