BANGKOK, 27 July 2017: Japan Airlines and Vietjet signed a formal partnership agreement, earlier this week, starting with codeshare flights and extending to other areas impacting on passenger services.
The two airlines concluded an agreement after discussions on expanding their networks to respond to growing travel demand between the two countries.
As a first step, JAL and Vietjet agreed to start codeshare cooperation for all flights between Japan and Vietnam as well as JAL’s domestic flights, and Vietjet’s domestic flights.
Codeshares will extend to some flights from Vietnam to other Asian countries. These are the significant add-ons that will benefit passengers of both airlines.
JAL and Vietjet will explore opportunities to develop the partnership to include frequent flier programmes, aircraft operations and maintenance as well as ground handling services and training.
JAL is already operating daily nonstop services between Tokyo (Narita) and Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi respectively, as well as between Tokyo (Haneda) and Ho Chi Minh City.
Vietjet, the first privately owned airline in Vietnam, started flight services in 2011, and now operates an expanding network across Vietnam and Asia.
“The launch of this partnership with Vietjet represents a significant milestone to provide customers better access to destinations between Japan and Vietnan,” said JAL executive vice president, Tadashi Fujita.
Vietjet managing director, Luu Duc Khanh commented: “Through the agreement signed with JAL, Vietjet once again affirms Japan is our key market as we expand the airline’s flight network in the Asia-Pacific region. The partnership between Vietjet and JAL will diversify our air transportation products.”