FAA decision opens door for Vietnamese airlines to fly to US

US officials are clearing the way for Vietnamese airlines to fly to the United States

WASHINGTON -- Federal officials say Vietnam is now meeting international standards for aviation safety, a decision that will let the country's airlines fly to the United States and work with U.S. airlines.

The Federal Aviation Administration said late Thursday that it granted Vietnam a "Category 1" safety rating after an August 2018 assessment of how well that country's government oversees civil aviation.

The FAA had not previously judged Vietnam's compliance with standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization, the United Nation's aviation agency.

The new rating means Vietnamese carriers can get U.S. approval to begin service to the United States. They can also begin code-sharing, in which Vietnamese and U.S. carriers could sell seats on each other's flights.

There are no current flights between the two countries.