Vietnam Airlines will launch its first commercial flights to the US later this month, with a new route between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco.

The flag carrier said in a Facebook post that it had “officially received the permit to operate direct commercial flights between Vietnam and the US”.

The airline also confirmed that “Vietnam Airlines thus becomes the first and only Vietnamese carrier to operate a direct flight route to the US of which the first flight will take off this November 28”.

Indeed there are currently no direct, nonstop commercial flights between Vietnam and the US operated by any carrier, with customers required to make a stop en route.

From December Vietnam Airlines will offer a twice weekly service between the two cities, with flights being operated by a mix of B787 and A350 aircraft.

In becoming the first Vietnamese carrier to serve the US it has also beaten Bamboo Airways to the punch.

The start-up leisure airline confirmed plans to launch flights between Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco back in September, but has yet to give a launch date for the service.

Bamboo Airways to launch Ho Chi Minh-San Francisco route,