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Vietnam Airways Approved to fly to Washington, D.C.

On June 22, Vietnam Airways will begin flying repatriation flights to Washington, D.C.  The Vietnam Airways aircraft will spend a few hours on the ground and then return to Vietnam with a full payload on June 24.  The airline carrier has received permission from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to fly a total of twelve flights this year, which are in high demand, departing from Hanoi destined for the U.S.  A detailed schedule of the remaining eleven flights will be announced in the coming months.

The long journey to the U.S. requires the use of the Airbus A350-900s and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, which carry approximately 300 passengers and can complete the distance with only one refueling stop in Alaska.   The Vietnamese airline carrier could possibly deploy its 367-seat 787-10s to maximize capacity. 

Last year, Vietnam Airlines flew 20 repatriation flights from the U.S. from destinations such as San Francisco, Houston, and Washington, D.C.  The airline is planning to offer U.S. commercial services in late 2021 or early 2022, along with its competitor, Bamboo Airways, that has already announced plans to fly to Los Angeles and San Francisco beginning September 1.