Fri, 16 Aug 2019

Vietnam Airlines and Delta Air Lines Sign Expanded Codeshare Agreement

Vietnam Airlines and has signed a two-way codeshare agreement with Delta that will expand their joint venture from October 2019.

The two carriers are scheduled to review their flight operations in September 2019 and once its ascertained that Vietnam Airlines is up to operational standard, Delta shall offer Vietnam Airlines tickets on the Hanoi-Tokyo route to passengers in need of connecting flights to the US.

This is the first move that Vietnam Airlines has made into the US market.

Delta Boeing 767 reg: N178DZ. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

In 2010, Vietnam Airlines forged a one-way codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines on 10 international routes to/from the US and 10 domestic routes in the US. The agreement has enabled Vietnam Airlines passengers to fly to 8 US states by transiting through Delta's Tokyo (Japan) or Frankfurt (Germany) hubs.

In other words, passengers may purchase Delta tickets via Vietnam Airlines to fly between Tokyo and Detroit (Michigan), Portland (Oregon), Honolulu (Hawaii), Atlanta (Georgia), Seattle (Washington), Los Angeles (California), and Minneapolis (Minnesota) or between Frankfurt and Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia), and New York.

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-8 reg: VN865. Picture by Steven Howard of Click to enlarge.

Passengers may also purchase Delta tickets via Vietnam Airlines to fly domestic flights between Minneapolis (Minnesota) and Boston (Massachusetts), Chicago (Illinois), Denver (Colorado), Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), and St. Louis (Missouri), as well as between Atlanta (Georgia) and Austin, Dallas, Houston (Texas), Miami (Florida), and Washington D.C (Columbia).

The upgrade into a two-way partnership allows passengers to book a codeshare flight and fulfill flight formalities only once for their entire journey through either Vietnam Airlines or Delta Air Lines, thereby facilitating their visits to popular destinations in both countries.

In 2018, the size of the Vietnam - US market reached 757,000 arrivals, up 8% year-on-year.

Last year, Vietnam Airlines and Delta Air Lines recorded 18,000 arrivals by virtue of their cooperation, primarily from the US to Vietnam.

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