The inaugural flight, No.VN98, from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco, carried passengers on Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, one of the most advanced-technology airplanes of the VNA fleet. This historic flight signifies an important development of Vietnam’s aviation and VNA as the country’s first airline to conduct regular commercial direct flights to the U.S.
It recognizes the 20-year-effort of VNA since the establishment of its representative office in San Francisco to lay the foundation for direct route between the two countries.
“VNA was so proud of being the country’s first airline to conduct the charter flight to the U.S. more than a year ago to welcome compatriots back to the homeland. Today, we are pleased to announce the success of the inaugural commercial direct flight to the U.S., marking a new milestone for VNA and Vietnam’s aviation,” said President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines Le Hong Ha.
“We are honored to be the first airport in the U.S. to offer nonstop regular flights to Vietnam. We are proud to offer a world-class experience with seamless access throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and grateful to Vietnam Airlines for making San Francisco their first U.S. destination,” said Director of San Francisco Airport Ivar C. Satero.
Initially, VNA will conduct 2 flights per week from Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco by Boeing 787 and Airbus A350, the two most modern wide-body aircrafts.
The airline aims to increase to 7 flights per week after the Covid-19 pandemic is under control and plans to open a new route to connect Los Angeles to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
Source: VNA Spirit