Delta Air Lines in position for US-Vietnam daily flights

America’s Delta Air Lines on April 10 opened a representative office in Ho Chi Minh City in preparation for the launch of flights between the city and the US, slated for June 1.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, Brian Swain, managing director of Delta Air Lines in Asia, said he believed the new daily service to Vietnam would make profit for his company.

He said establishing an office in Vietnam marked Delta’s development in Asia and helped the airline provide the best services for passengers in the region.

Delta’s subsidiary Northwest Airlines will operate on this route via Tokyo, using Boeing 757-200 aircraft. From Japan’s Narita Airport, passengers will be able to make connections to nine US cities, including Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco.

As scheduled, Northwest’s inaugural flight will arrive at Tan Son Nhat Airport, Ho Chi Minh City, at 11:10 pm June 1 and depart at 6:15 am the next day.

Delta appointed Vietnam’s East Sea Travel & Air Service Company as its general sales agent for passengers, and Indo Trans Logistics company for cargo in Vietnam.

In 2004, United Airlines became the first American commercial carrier to fly to Vietnam since the 1975. Delta is becoming the second now.

The national carrier, Vietnam Airlines, also wants to fly to the US but has delayed its plans to do so several times. It is scheduled to open flights to the US next year.

By Tuong Thuy

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