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.
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
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.
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.