MoU lays groundwork for direct flights between Vietnam and the US.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) has signed an MoU with Boeing that will open up opportunities for direct flights between Vietnam and the US.
The signing was witnessed by Deputy Minister of Transport Nguyen Ngoc Dong and the US Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Ted Osious.
Boeing will support CAAV in the completion of the Corrective Action Plan and training of its staff. When achieving Approval Level 1 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US, Vietnam’s commercial airlines will be able to conduct direct flights for both cargo and passengers between the two countries.
With Approval Level 1, CAAV will be allowed to monitor airlines based in Vietnam to ensure they comply with regulations and meet international standards. These provisions include the strict rules that airlines must meet in order to be able to conduct flights between Vietnam and the US, said Mr. Ralph L. Boyce, President of Boeing in Southeast Asia.
“Vietnam Airlines and other airlines hope that CAAV will achieve Approval Level 1 so that they may provide direct flights to the US,” Mr. Lai Xuan Thanh, CAAV Director, told the ceremony. “The US market is very important for enterprises in Vietnam.”
The FAA conducted a technical evaluation of CAAV at the end of 2013, the first step in reaching Approval Level 1.
The ultimate goal of this collaboration is to help Vietnam achieve the regulatory and safety standards required for its commercial airlines to operate direct flights between Vietnam and the US, according to the US Embassy in Vietnam.
The MoU is the latest in a long list of activities Boeing has undertaken to help improve Vietnam’s aviation sector and its aerospace capabilities.