Vietnam Airlines says wants route to the US by the end of next year
A project to set up the link was first mooted two years ago but it has been consistently delayed. However last October, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung asked the airline to accelerate the process.
"We are working on the project at the request of the prime minister...Many complex issues remain to be solved and we can't go much faster because many government agencies are involved. We're now thinking of late 2007," Le said
It started a code-sharing agreement last April with American Airlines but it now wants to establish its own link, hoping to tap the 1.3 mln people of Vietnamese origin living mainly on the west coast of the US.