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In 2022, Hanoi-based Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways will both fly khổng lồ the West Coast of the U.S. 


Next year, flying from the U.S. To Vietnam will be easier than ever, thanks to two Vietnamese air carriers launching new nonstop flights from the West Coast. Vietnam Airlines and Bamboo Airways, both based in Hanoi, have plans to lớn operate routes into San Francisco in 2022.

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In fact, Vietnam Airlines’ first U.S. Route is already officially under way. Earlier this week, the carrier launched its inaugural flight from Ho đưa ra Minh đô thị into San Francisco International Airport. The flight, already notable for being a rare nonstop route, was historic in other ways, too: It was the first-ever regularly scheduled flight operated between the U.S. & Vietnam. The launch of the route marks “a new milestone for Vietnam Airlines và Vietnam’s aviation,” the airline’s CEO Le Hong Ha said in a statement on Monday.

The carrier will operate two flights per week on the route with a wide-body Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft. On board, the plane will be outfitted with 28 lie-flat business-class seats, 35 premium economy seats, and 211 seats in regular economy, according lớn industry site Airline Geeks; fares for economy seats will start around $1,000 for round-trip flights. Although it is nonstop, the route is still quite lengthy: on the eastbound leg, flight times clock in at nearly 14 hours, while westbound flights will be almost 17 hours long, Airline Geeks says. In honor of its new California destination, the airline also says it will serve wine from Napa Valley on board paired with cheeses and other dishes from the U.S.

Vietnam Airlines is also a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, which includes carriers like Delta và Air France. That means U.S. Travelers can redeem Delta SkyMiles to lớn book flights on Vietnam Airlines or earn Delta miles while flying the Hanoi-based carrier.

While the carrier will eventually expand the route to operate seven days a week, those plans are currently on hold due khổng lồ COVID-19 restrictions. Also potentially in the works? A second route, possibly between Los Angeles and Hanoi, reports Airline Geeks.

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According khổng lồ news outlet Vietnam Plus, the route has been in the works for đôi mươi years. In that time, Vietnam Airlines has expanded lớn be one of the largest carriers in Southeast Asia, with 29 international destinations in its route network. “We are grateful khổng lồ Vietnam Airlines for making San Francisco their first U.S. Destination, and we are confident this new service will be a success,” Ivar C. Satero, SFO’s director, said in a statement.

Additionally, with the launch of its San Francisco route Vietnam Airlines beat out competitor Bamboo Airways, which has also been racing lớn secure a regular nonstop route to the West Coast. Bamboo Airways, a much newer, rapidly expanding upstart founded in 2017, operated an initial demo flight in September between Hanoi and San Francisco. While that first kiểm tra flight was a success, the carrier is still awaiting official clearance from the FAA to launch a regular route.

First, Bamboo Airways needs lớn fly several more demonstration flights from Hanoi and Da Nang to San Francisco, Seattle, và Los Angeles, according lớn Airline Geeks, with the hope of launching one of the nonstop routes in early 2022. Similar lớn Vietnam Airlines, Bamboo Airways’ inaugural route will likely be a nonstop flight from Ho đưa ra Minh thành phố into SFO, as the airline signed a memorandum of understanding with San Francisco airport officials in September lớn launch that route next year.

But the similarities don’t over there: Bamboo Airways is also using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft on its flights to lớn the U.S., also outfitted with three cabin classes: business class with lie-flat seats, premium economy, & regular economy. The airline plans lớn start with four flights per week on the route, with hopes of soon expanding service to lớn seven days a week, pending government approvals.