Vietnam-US Aviation Talks Take Flight | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 07.21.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.21.14 **
** Airborne 07.18.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.18.14 **
** Airborne 07.16.14--CLICK HERE! ** HD iPad-Friendly Version--Airborne 07.16.14 **

Wed, Feb 04, 2004

Vietnam-US Aviation Talks Take Flight

Safety Is Main Point Of Discussion

Top officials from the FAA arrived in Hanoi Sunday to discuss the recently approved Air Services Agreement, and its impact on bilateral relations.

However, the United States wants a review of Vietnam's airport safety standards before it implements the landmark bilateral trade pact that would start direct flights between the two former foes.

FAA Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell and the Assistant Administrator for International Aviation Douglas E. Lavin are heading the delegation.

Mr. Sturgell will meet with officials at the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as representatives from the US and Vietnamese airline industries. Officials will discuss the recently-approved Air Services Agreement and its impact on bilateral relations.

Also, the two sides will discuss safety issues and the potential for direct flights and code-sharing opportunities. Several U.S. carriers had said in October they thought the first direct flights from America might start in March. But with the safety review far from complete, that timetable appeared unlikely.

"The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam (CAAV) will have to demonstrate its compliance with the international standards," Federal Aviation Administration Deputy Administrator Robert Sturgell told a news briefing on Monday.

He said the rules to ensure the safety of global travel are set by the International Civil Aviation Organization based in Montreal, of which America and Vietnam are members. Asked if Vietnam had lapses in any of the rules, Sturgell said he was "not aware" of any particular deficiencies.

The delegation is to visit other countries in the region, including Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, and Bangalore after leaving Vietnam late today.

The Air Services Agreement is one of important agreements signed in December after the Vietnam – US Bilateral Trade Agreement. This agreement is legal foundation for US and Vietnam to open direct flights as well as to boost opportunity of developing airlines.

Two-way passenger traffic between America and Vietnam is between 270,000 and 280,000 people a year and has been growing at between five and seven percent annually. Some 214,253 people from America visited Vietnam in 2003, the second largest group after China.

A U.S. review team is expected to visit Vietnam in the next few months to look at its airports, said Sturgell, who was in the country to discuss the aviation agreement.

In the first two year taking in effect, the agreement allows each nation have 2 national airlines to open direct flights in the first year and then add an another airline in the following year.

US side will start the direct flights to Vietnam in 2004 while it is expected that Vietnam airlines including Vietnam airline, Pacific Airline will do in 2005.

So far, only American Airlines has filed an application to begin code-share flights with Vietnam Airlines, but Sturgell said that Continental Airlines "has also expressed an interest" in tapping the market. American Airlines this week opens its first office in Vietnam and will expand code-share flights to five U.S. cities.

In the first two years, two passenger carriers on each side can operate direct flights, with a third added in the third year. Cargo operators can operate unlimited direct flights. UPS and FedEx Corp. have expressed interested in direct cargo service between the countries.

This agreement will boost trade, investment and tourism for both sides in the future beside Vietnam – US Bilateral Agreement coming into effect in 2001.

FMI:  www.faa.gov

Advertisement

More News

ANN FAQ: How To Get YOUR News Out On Aero-News

Good News, Bad News... It's ALL News As the preeminent online aviation news resource out there, the editorial staff at Aero-News sees a large number of news releases. We look at al>[...]

Author Says Irrational Risk Aversion Holding Back U.S. Human Spaceflight

Conclusion: Too Few People Are Dying In Space On the 45th anniversary of the first flight to land humans on the moon, a new book gives one author's view as to why we haven't been b>[...]

Airborne 07.18.14: MH17 Shootdown Tragedy, ForeFlight Update, Honoring Apollo 11

Also: UK To OSH--By Microlight, On The Eve of Oshkosh 2014, FAA OKs SpaceX TX Launch Site, Extra-Capacity Q400 NextGen Details of the shoot down of MH17 are changing rapidly and ve>[...]

Ping Pong Ball Drop Misses Target

Pilot Deposits 3,000 On An Idaho Highway A pilot who was supposed to drop 3,000 ping pong balls over a crowd at Blackfoot Pride Days in Blackfoot, ID last Saturday missed his targe>[...]

FAA Continues Wildlife Strike Reporting Outreach For GA Airports

Encourages Pilots, Others To Improve Strike Reporting The FAA is encouraging the general aviation community to “Report Wildlife Strikes” with a poster outreach campaign>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC