The FAA has assigned Vietnam a category 1 safety rating, opening the way for Vietnamese carriers to begin service to the US. Gaining an FAA rating has been a long-term goal of Vietnamese regulators and airlines. Countries must be in category 1 under the FAA’s International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program for their airlines to begin new service to the US or codeshare with US carriers. The FAA has not previously applied a rating to Vietnam under the IASA program, as no ...

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