Air France and Vietnam Airlines announced the signing of a comprehensive strategic partnership allowing the two airlines to optimize their services between France, Europe and Vietnam and to strengthen their positions in a buoyant but highly competitive market.
Through this agreement, on the basis of comprehensive cooperation, Vietnam Airlines and Air France are committed to offering more flight options and convenience topassengers through collaboration in flight schedules. Via 3 hubs Hanoi-Noi Bai, HoChi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat and Paris-Charles de Gaulle, passengers can travel to 50 destinations in Europe on Air France’s flights (compared to 14 destinations today) and Vietnam’s 20 destinations on Vietnam Airlines’ flight, not to mention SkyTeam Alliance’s global network consisting of more than 1,000 global destinations.
The two airlines will exchange experience to improve service quality and implement trade promotion programs to meet the needs of customers, especially those using LotuSmiles (Vietnam Airlines) and Flying Blue (Air France) frequent flyer programmes as well as services provided by SkyPriority and lounges access around the world.
“Vietnam Airlines and Air France started Code-share cooperation in 2010, when Vietnam Airlines joined SkyTeam Global Alliance. After the completion of 4-star service program, Vietnam Airlines expects to take the current joint venture with Air France to a next level in order to reach our full potential in France and Europe. Thanks to the new strategic partnership, our customers, including businesses and individuals, will enjoy comprehensive services and benefits, contributing to the development and connection between the two countries and two continents.
Cooperation with Air France also demonstrates Vietnam Airlines’ commitment and determination in boosting investment in the international market, especially the French and European markets through the key routes between Vietnam and France”, said Duong Tri Thanh, president and CEO of Vietnam Airlines.
“Consolidating our alliances is one of the aims of our Trust Together strategic plan. This joint venture agreement will be a long-term source of value for our customers and for our two airlines. Our aim is to maintain and develop our position as European leader in this region with very strong growth potential”, said Franck Terner, CEO of Air France.
The new joint venture starts on 1 November 2017.