Vietnam Airlines and Delta boost US connection
Vietnam’s flag carrier Vietnam Airlines and Delta Air Lines, the second largest airline in the US, have signed a two-way codeshare agreement to expand their cooperation, effective October 2019.
The two carriers are scheduled to review the flight operations system in September 2019, and once Vietnam Airlines is determined to meet the required operational standard, Delta Air Lines will offer Vietnam Airlines tickets on the Hanoi-Tokyo route to passengers requiring connecting flights to the US.
The development is significant as it is the first move that Vietnam Airlines has made into the US market, and will help passengers become accustomed to flying with Vietnam Airlines to the US.
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 eight US states by transiting through Delta’s Tokyo (Japan) or Frankfurt (Germany) 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), and Minneapolis (Minnesota) or between Frankfurt and Detroit (Michigan), Atlanta (Georgia), and New York.
Passengers can also purchase Delta tickets via Vietnam Airlines for 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 to a two-way partnership allows passengers to book a codeshare flight and fulfil 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 eight per cent 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. It is a prerequisite for Vietnam Airlines to expand its product offering to connect Vietnam and the US, promoting tourism and cultural exchanges, on its journey to becoming a five-star airline.