Last week, India’s national carrier, Air India and privately owned, low budget Vietnamese airline, Vietjet Air signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that facilitates cooperation of the number of flight services between India and Vietnam.

Other points under the agreement include, cooperation with each other on the expansion of sales distribution, implementation of tourism and trade promotions, and collaborative training of personnel.

The MOU was signed on Saturday, December 10 in Delhi by the vice president of Vietjet Air, Dinh Viet Phuong and the director of commercial of Air India, Pankaj Srivastava.

While the two airlines have announced that they will launch a direct service between Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City, they haven’t disclosed the date for this yet.

Dinh Viet Phuong said: “We are delighted with the agreement and hope that Air India’s aviation experience and capabilities will help Vietjet better access into India – a potential market with a young and dynamic population of more than 1.2 billion people. The deal will contribute positively to a higher development and partnership in economy, trade and tourism between the two countries.”

India and Vietnam have been building on their relationship after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Southeast Asian country in September. On the agenda was the signing of 12 MOUs for sectors including defence, space, IT, health, mutual recognition of standards, and cybersecurity, which was carried forth successfully.