According to Article 3 of the air transportation agreement between Vietnam and the US, each of the signatories has the right to designate as many airlines as it wishes to operate international air transport in line with the deal. The designations shall be informed to the other side in document via diplomatic channel, and should specify charter or scheduled flights, or both, the Transport Ministry said in in its document sent to the Foreign Ministry.
In preparation for tapping direct flights to the US next year, Bamboo Airways has been granted a business license for international and domestic air transport and an air operator certificate (AOC) for the B787-9 aircraft in the North American region.
On September 23 and 24, it operated a round-trip flight of Hanoi - San Francisco - Hanoi as licensed by aviation authorities of Vietnam and the US.
The Transport Ministry said Bamboo Airways completed technical conditions and submitted a dossier to the US Department of Transport to seek permission for regular flights.
National flag carrier Vietnam Airlines was already designated to operate regular flights between the two nations, and it is still preparing its flight plan.