General Director of Vietnam Airlines Duong Tri Thanh said that it would take a long time to break even or make profit through direct flights to the US. He spoke to DTiNews about the opening the Vietnam-US direct air route which was approved by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Vietnam Airlines General Director Duong Tri Thanh According to Thanh, it would not be easy to complete legal procedures for the air route. It was already quite difficult just to export dragon fruit and litchi into the US, so it would be much harder to open the flights to the country due to the strict security requirements. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) worked with Vietnam Airlines for many times and said that the carrier has met requirements to open flights to the US. So, Thanh hoped FAA would approve the CAT1 aviation safety rating for Vietnam Airlines this year. However, Thanh added that, it would be impossible to launch Vietnam-US direct flights this year as many procedures need to be completed. He expected that the air route would be opened by late 2019 or early 2020. He also expressed the concerns about the loss possibility, noting that it would take five years… Read full this story
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