Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates, announced Wednesday a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines, the Emirates News Agency reported the same day.
Passengers on both airlines will be able to take advantage of the agreement from October 30, 2011, the UAE news agency said
The agreement will allow Etihad guests to connect seamlessly through Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh or Hanoi on Vietnam Airlines’ daily services.
|A Boeing 777 plane of Vietnam Airlines at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City (Photo: Thuy Nguyen)|
Likewise, Vietnam Airlines passengers from either destination of the country will be able to connect through Bangkok to Etihad's base in Abu Dhabi, the news agency said.
Etihad operates a double daily service to Bangkok.
“The codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines offers our passengers yet more destinations and connectivity while demonstrating our ambition to develop our presence in Asia. Both Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi are cities with much to offer both business and leisure travelers,” Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan was quoted by the Emirates News Agency as saying.
The announcement takes Etihad’s total of codeshare partners to 33.
Meanwhile, the international codeshare partners of the national carrier of Vietnam include Air France, Alitalia, Royal Dutch Airlines KLM, Czech Airlines, Delta Airlines of the US, Cambodia Angkor Air, Cathay Pacific, Lao Airlines, Japan Airlines, Garuda Indonesia, Philippines Airlines, Korean Air, China Airlines, and China Southern Airlines.
Vietnam Airlines will launch new services between Hanoi and Hochiminh City to London and vice versa operated as from 08 December 2011.
The carrier became a member of SkyTeam Alliance in June 2010.