Bamboo Airways is gearing up to to operate its first trans-Pacific flights to the United States before the end of the month.

According to a report from the VN Express, the Vietnam-based startup airline received licenses from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to conduct 12 flights between the two countries starting September 23 through November. It comes after the airline received permits for charter flights between Vietnam and the US in May.

The flights the airline plans to operate will connect Hanoi and Da Nang with three points in the US: San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle-Tacoma.

The upstart airline is the second airline to receive permits to operate flights to the US, the first being Vietnam Airlines.

Vietnam Airlines has been reported to also have their own plans to start flights to the US this month. The carrier plans to operate flights between Ho Chi Minh City to San Francisco.

Discussions for a direct air link between Vietnam and the US has been ongoing since the early 2000s. Vietnam's Ministry of Transport issued a directive for Vietnam Airlines in 2003 to start flights to the US by 2005. The flights have been shelved due to concerns in profitability.


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