Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia sign MoU for expansion

Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation between the two airlines in the areas of codeshare partnership, services, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) and cargo.

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With the MOU signed by Duong Tri Thanh, president and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, and Pahala Mansury, president and CEO of Garuda Indonesia, a ceremony was held on the sideline of general secretary of Vietnam Communist Party Nguyen Phu Trong’s visit to Indonesia.

The airlines seek to expand their current codeshare partnership in the following routes: Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi/Ho Chi Minh City – Singapore, Singapore – Jakarta/Bali and Jakarta – Bali. Both airlines agree on seeking opportunities in other areas of cooperation such as services, MRO & cargo on the basis of mutual benefits.

The expansion of partnership between the two airlines is also supposed to strengthen their cooperation within and contribute to the development of Skyteam Alliance.

Duong Tri Thanh said: “Since 2006, Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have effectively cooperated with tangible results. This MOU today takes our cooperation further in the direction of a solid and mutually beneficial partnership, helping both airlines achieve the vast potential of the market.

“With our long-time partner Garuda Indonesia, we hope to see more passengers travelling between Vietnam and Indonesia, and our customers can benefit from more flight options as well as excellent international service quality from Asia’s two leading airlines.”

Pahala Mansury added: “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Vietnam Airlines which extends our network even further within the Southeast Asia. Vietnam is an important market for Indonesia and through this partnership we can offer increased travel options for the increasing number of passengers travelling between the two countries.

“At the same time, the agreement is expected to boost trade and tourism activities by making Indonesia much more accessible for Vietnam visitors.”

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