The Federal Aviation Administration has determined that Vietnam's civil aviation authority complies with international aviation safety standards, opening the door for Vietnamese carriers to fly to the U.S. 

Vietnam Airlines and Vietnamese start-up Bamboo Airways have both expressed a desire to fly to the U.S. West Coast, where Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle would be the most likely destinations. At present, no airline flies nonstop between the U.S. and Vietnam. 

Carriers must still obtain their own regulatory approvals from the FAA and Department of Transportation in order to begin servicing the U.S.

The FAA said that it granted Vietnam a Category 1 International Aviation Safety Assessment rating based on an August 2018 assessment of the country's civil aviation authority.

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