Following the conclusion last May in Tokyo of a Business and Capital Partnership Agreement between All Nippon Airways ((ANA Holdings Inc.) and Vietnam Airlines, both carriers will officially implement their first steps of their cooperation from the coming winter season. In July, ANA Holdings Inc. already acquired a stake of approximately 8.8% in Vietnam Airlines (107.668.938 shares) equivalent to $US109 million.
Under the partnership, ANA and Vietnam Airlines will launch code-share arrangements and a shared mileage program from the start of the 2016 winter timetable which begins on this coming October 30. The code-share will cover 30 major domestic routes within Japan and Vietnam and 10 international routes between the two countries aiming to facilitate passengers movements between Vietnam main cities and the rest of the world. Starting 2016 winter schedule, each frequent flyers program members will be able to accrue mileage on code-share routes as well as redeem miles on award flight reservations on each airlines operated flights.
The two airlines also plan to combine a range of services including passenger check-in, cargo loading, ground handling services, catering, aircraft maintenance and other services at airports in Japan and Vietnam. As part of the partnership, ANAHD will dispatch one member of the board of Vietnam Airlines and will also provide Vietnam Airlines with know-how regarding both business and flight operations and help to further improve service quality, contributing to the growth and development of the airline.
Pham Ngoc Minh, President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines said: “Finding a partner for business and capital tie-up is a key part in the effort of Vietnam Airlines to improve and increase competitiveness on international markets. The cooperation with ANAHD, including one of the world’s best customer service airline will help us to be more confident to upgrade fleet with newest generation aircraft, to expand the market, to improve service quality and to be more efficiency.”
Vietnam Airlines currently serves Japan with 66 flights per week, linking both Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi with Tokyo Narita and Haneda, Chubu Airport in Nagoya, Kansai Airport in Osaka and Fukuoka Airport. All Nippon Airways flies also from Tokyo to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. The airline will add a second daily flight from October.
In another development, All Nippon Airways will further strengthen its presence in Indochina with the launching of the first ever regular scheduled route between Japan and Cambodia. From September 1st, the route will be flown on a daily basis using a Boeing 787-8 configured with 42 Business Class and 198 Economy seats.