Vietnamese airlines allowed to fly to US for first time

Vietnamese airlines are now allowed to fly to the United States for the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration announced Thursday.  

The FAA found that Vietnam complies with international safety standards for "personnel licensing, operations, and airworthiness" and gave the country a "Category 1" rating. This rating gives Vietnamese airlines the ability to fly to and from the U.S. and share codes with American air carriers. 

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“It’s recognition by a very developed aviation authority which requires a very high standard of safety and security,” Vietnamese Deputy Transportation Minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong told Reuters

The assessment took place in August. The U.S. had not previously evaluated Vietnam's compliance with safety standards. 

There currently are no nonstop flights between the U.S. and Vietnam, according to Reuters.