Vietnam Airlines has been granted authorization
from the US Department of Transportation to expand the two-way
codeshare cooperation with Delta Air Lines, after the two carriers
signed an agreement in August.
The two-way codeshare agreement is expected to
take effect this month.
Vietnam Airlines is permitted to display Delta Air
Lines’ designator code (DL) on Vietnam Airlines’ operated flights
for their codeshare flights in conjunction with foreign air
transportation between any point, or points, in the US and any
point, or points, in Vietnam (on a nonstop basis and via Japan and
other open-skies points intermediate routings; between points in
the US; between points in Vietnam, beyond Vietnam to any point or
points; and beyond the US to any point or points.
Delta Air Lines will this month start
selling flight tickets operated by Vietnam Airline under the DL
code on the Hanoi – Tokyo route for passengers seeking connecting
flights from/to the US.
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines is permitted to operate
transport persons, property, and mail, on a codeshare basis to
serve the US - Vietnam market to the full extent available under
the 2003 U.S. - Vietnam Air Transport Services Agreement.
Vietnam Airlines’ designator code (VN) is
not only to be displayed on Delta Air Lines’ flights, but also those
of its regional affiliates, including Compass Airlines, Endeavor
Air, GoJet Airlines, Republic Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines, to
25 points in the US, according to the US - Vietnam Air Transport
By obtaining this permit, Vietnam Airlines has
been granted full rights to operate routes to and from the US in
all forms of regular flights, charter flights, and two-way
In 2010, Vietnam Airlines forged a one-way
codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines on ten international
routes to/from the US and ten domestic routes within the US. The
agreement has enabled Vietnam Airlines passengers to fly to eight
US states by transiting through Delta’s Tokyo or Frankfurt hubs.
Passengers can purchase Delta tickets via Vietnam
Airlines to fly between Tokyo and Detroit (Michigan) / Portland
(Oregon) / Honolulu (Hawaii) / Atlanta (Georgia) / Seattle
(Washington) / Los Angeles (California) / Minneapolis (Minnesota);
and between Frankfurt and Detroit (Michigan) / Atlanta (Georgia) /
New York (New York).
Furthermore, passengers can purchase Delta tickets
via Vietnam Airlines to fly domestic flights between Minneapolis
(Minnesota) and Boston (Massachusetts) / Chicago (Illinois) /
Denver (Colorado) / Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) / St. Louis
(Missouri); as well as between Atlanta (Georgia) and
Austin/Dallas/Houston (Texas) / Miami (Florida) / Washington D.C.
(District of Columbia).