All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Vietnam Airlines will begin codesharing on ten international routes linking Japan and Vietnam, along with 25 domestic routes in both countries, starting October 30.
In addition to the routes, the two airlines have entered a frequent flyer partnership that will enable ANA Mileage Club and Lotusmiles members to accrue air miles on codeshare flights. Members will also be able to redeem rewards on all flights marketed and operated by the two carriers.
“There is strong and growing demand for air services between Japan and Vietnam, and this trend is set to continue,” said Shinya Katanozaka, president and CEO of ANA Holdings. “Together, ANA and Vietnam Airlines can play a vital role as a bridge between the two countries, promoting greater economic, cultural and personal ties.
“As well as providing an enhanced service for our passengers, we can also share our combined industry expertise in a win-win partnership.”
The codeshare will also see Vietnam Airlines cabin crew join flights by the Japanese carrier in order to facilitate customer interaction through interpretation and announcements in Vietnamese. Select airports, including Haneda International Airport and Tan Son Nhat International Airport, will also offer integrated support services including check-in, lounge and baggage services for both airlines.
Earlier this year, the Japanese company acquired an 8.8 per cent stake in Vietnam Airlines.