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Air France and Vietnam Airlines sign a new joint venture

On 10 October 2017, Air France and Vietnam Airlines announced the signing of a strategic partnership allowing the two airlines to optimize their services between France, Europe and Vietnam and to strengthen their position in a buoyant but highly competitive market.

Starting 1 November 2017*, date of the launch of this new joint venture, Air France and Vietnam Airlines will jointly develop additional benefits for their customers:

– Improved connections thanks to adapted flight schedules on departure from the hubs at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Hanoi-Noi Bai and Ho Chi Minh City-Tan Son Nhat, offering a wider choice of travel options;
– The continued improvement of services offered to customers, whether they are travelling on Air France, Vietnam Airlines or a combined offer.

Passengers on flights operated within the framework of this new joint venture will continue to benefit from the SkyTeam alliance services, such as SkyPriority, lounge access and the Flying Blue and LotuSmiles loyalty programmes to earn and use Miles on both airlines’ networks.

The agreement signed today strengthens a long-standing partnership between the two airlines. By partnering to jointly improve the connection between the French, European and Vietnamese markets, and by optimizing their products and services, Air France and Vietnam Airlines aim to strengthen their position in the Vietnamese market in a sustainable way.

Since 2010, the two airlines have been operating code-share flights between Paris, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, offering reciprocal connections to destinations in Vietnam, as well as in France and Europe. With this partnership, Air France and Vietnam Airlines today carry more than 400,000 passengers every year. The two airlines have also been working together for more than 20 years on the operational side, with partnerships in the field of aircraft maintenance and crew training.

Iuliia Tore