© 2008 The Associated Press HANOI, Vietnam — Vietnam's national air carrier hopes to have direct flights between Ho Chi Minh City and Los Angeles within a year after the U.S. provided $1.4 million to help upgrade safety standards, an official said Friday.
The money will be used to ensure
"The assistance is essential to Vietnam Airlines in its efforts to open direct flights to the
He said the project's three phases are expected to be complete by August. U.S. Federal Aviation Administration will then visit
Vietnam Airlines could then launch its direct flight to the
Currently, United Airlines is the only carrier to operate direct service to the
These flights are considered direct because the planes only stop for a short time to pick up additional passengers.
More than 1.5 million overseas Vietnamese _ the largest population outside