ANA and Vietnam Airlines launch codeshare and frequent flyer partnerships
ANA HOLDINGS (hereafter ANA HD) and Vietnam Airlines are pleased to announce that they will launch codeshare partnership and frequent flyer programs at the beginning of their 2016 winter schedules, commencing on October 30, 2016.
The codeshare partnership will initially cover 10 international routes, linking Japan and Vietnam. In addition, it will link 25 principal domestic routes in both countries. This will allow passengers to travel more conveniently throughout the region.
The frequent flyer 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 launch of this cooperation between two companies follows ANA HD’ s acquisition of an 8.8% stake in Vietnam Airlines this year. In addition to capital investment, this commercial partnership will allow ANA and Vietnam Airlines to extend and enhance their services across Asia, taking advantage of the increasing demand for air travel and cargo across the region.
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 in Japan and Tan Son Nhat Airport in Vietnam.
Duong Tri Thanh, President & CEO of Vietnam Airlines said: “The cooperation with ANA Holdings, which owns a leading global airline with excellent services quality, has important meaning in the development of Vietnam Airlines as it helps us to diversify our products and improve our competitiveness on the international market. Through strategic long-term development cooperation and experiences from ANA, Vietnam Airlines’ goal of becoming a 5-star airline will certainly be more reachable.”
Shinya Katanozaka, President & CEO of ANA HD said: “There is strong and growing demand for air services between Japan and Vietnam, and this trend is set to continue. 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 implementation of this partnership is conditional on the acquisition of necessary permissions from Japanese and Vietnam government authorities.