Published on : Friday, August 16, 2019
Vietnam Airlines and Delta Air Lines plan to upgrade their code sharing relationship, setting the stage for Delta to offer seats on the Vietnamese carrier’s flights. The upgraded agreement will see Delta distributing Vietnam Airlines seats on the Hanoi-Tokyo route from October 2019.
In addition to allowing Vietnamese carriers to offer services to the USA, Category 1 allows Vietnamese carriers to carry to code of USA-based airlines. This adds to a previous agreement between the SkyTeam members signed in 2010, which allows Vietnam Airlines to sell onward connections aboard Delta from Tokyo Narita and Frankfurt.
It adds that Vietnam saw 757,000 arrivals from the USA in 2018, up 8% from 2017. Most of this traffic transits through North Asian hubs, with no carrier offering direct service between the two countries.
Both carriers serve Tokyo’s two airports, Narita and Haneda. Delta will cease all Narita operations in September and transfer all Tokyo flights to Haneda.
As per Vietnam Airlines, 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 of the airlines, thereby facilitating their visits to popular destinations in both countries.
Vietnam Airlines says the move marks its first effort to capitalise on the country’s attainment of Category 1 status from the US Federal Aviation Administration in February.