ANA Holdings (ANA HD) announced that ANA and Vietnam Airlines will launch codeshare partnership and frequent flyer partnership 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’ 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.
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.”