In a new announcement from the US Federal Aviation Administration, Vietnam has been granted a Category 1 status opening the opportunity for flights to the United States.

The rating comes after it made an assessment of the aviation authorities in Vietnam in 2018, and it’s the first FAA rating for the country. “The Category 1 status announced today is based on an August 2018 FAA assessment of the safety oversight provided by the Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam,” the FAA said in its statement.

The Category 1 rating is given by the US FAA for countries that have or are considering to open flights to the US, given based on adherence to international airline safety and ICAO standards. If a country doesn’t meet the standards, a Category 2 rating is given, which will not allow new flights to be opened.

With the FAA Category 1 rating, new flights can be added by airlines from either country between each other. Also, airlines from both countries could open or expand their existing codeshare partnership agreements.

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