Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Vietnam Airlines will launch both a codeshare partnership and a frequent flier partnership at the beginning of their 2016 winter schedules, which commence Oct. 30.
Initially, the codeshare partnership will cover 10 international routes linking Japan and Vietnam. In addition, it will link 25 principal domestic routes in both countries, allowing passengers more convenient connections for travel throughout the region.
The frequent flier partnership will allow members of the ANA Mileage Club (AMC) and Lotusmiles to accumulate miles on codeshare flights operated by Vietnam Airlines and ANA. They will also have the opportunity to redeem awards on all Vietnam Airlines and ANA marketed and operated flights.
The partnerships must still receive the approval of Japanese and Vietnamese authorities.
In addition to the code share and frequent flyer initiatives, Vietnam Airlines cabin crew will join ANA flights in order to guide and interpret for customers and make in-flight announcements in Vietnamese. This follows the decision to integrate certain airport support activities such as check-in, lounge, baggage services for both airlines at selected airports including Haneda Airport (HND) in Japan, and Tan Son Nhat International Airport (SGN) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
“There is strong and growing demand for air services between Japan and Vietnam, and this trend is set to continue,” Shinya Katanozaka, president and CEO of ANA Holdings, said in a statement announcing the partnerships. “Together, ANA and Vietnam Airlines can play a vital role as a bridge between the two countries, promoting greater economic, cultural and personal ties.”
The launch of this cooperation between two companies follows ANA Holdings’ acquisition of an 8.8 percent stake in Vietnam Airlines earlier this year. In addition to capital investment, this commercial partnership will allow ANA and Vietnam Airlines ‘[T]o extend and enhance their services across Asia, taking advantage of the increasing demand for air travel and cargo across the region,” the statement said.
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