Vietnam Airlines has signed a “preliminary agreement” to join Skyteam, adding to the alliance’s south-east Asian network.
Skyteam says that the agreement “outlines Vietnam Airlines’ intentions to undertake discussions to become a part of Skyteam during the year 2010, pending fulfillment of the alliance’s membership requirements”. This suggests there is still a way to go before any definite joining date is announced, but if successful the carrier would become the second south-east Asian airline to join Skyteam (Korean Air being a founder member), and would add to the alliance’s network within the region.
As a former French colony Vietnam continues to have strong ties with the country, so it’s no surprise that the airline has chosen to join an alliance founded by Air France. Vietnam Airlines serves cities including Paris, Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo, and would add 17 unique destinations to the Skyteam network.
Report by Mark Caswell