Vietnam Airlines has been granted authorization from the U.S. Department of Transportation to expand the two-way codeshare cooperation with Delta Air Lines, after the two carriers signed an agreement in August.
The two-way codeshare agreement is expected to take effect this month.
Vietnam Airlines is permitted to display Delta Air Lines’ designator code (DL) on Vietnam Airlines’ operated flights for their codeshare flights in conjunction with foreign air transportation between any point, or points, in the U.S. and any point, or points, in Vietnam (on a nonstop basis and via Japan and other open-skies points intermediate routings; between points in the U.S.; between points in Vietnam, beyond Vietnam to any point or points; and beyond the US to any point or points.
Delta Air Lines will this month start selling flight tickets operated by Vietnam Airline under the DL code on the Hanoi – Tokyo route for passengers seeking connecting flights from/to the U.S.
Meanwhile, Delta Air Lines is permitted to operate transport persons, property, and mail, on a codeshare basis to serve the U.S. - Vietnam market to the full extent available under the 2003 U.S. - Vietnam Air Transport Services Agreement.
Vietnam Airlines’ designator code (VN) is not only to be displayed on Delta Air Lines’ flights, but also those of its regional affiliates, including Compass Airlines, Endeavor Air, GoJet Airlines, Republic Airlines, and SkyWest Airlines, to 25 points in the U.S., according to the U.S. - Vietnam Air Transport Services Agreement.
By obtaining this permit, Vietnam Airlines has been granted full rights to operate routes to and from the U.S. in all forms of regular flights, charter flights, and two-way codeshare flights.
In 2010, Vietnam Airlines forged a one-way codeshare agreement with Delta Air Lines on ten international routes to/from the U.S. and 10 domestic routes within the U.S. The agreement has enabled Vietnam Airlines passengers to fly to eight U.S. states by transiting through Delta’s Tokyo or Frankfurt hubs.
Passengers can purchase Delta tickets via Vietnam Airlines to fly between Tokyo and Detroit (Michigan) / Portland (Oregon) / Honolulu (Hawaii) / Atlanta (Georgia) / Seattle (Washington) / Los Angeles (California) / Minneapolis (Minnesota); and between Frankfurt and Detroit (Michigan) / Atlanta (Georgia) / New York (New York).© Asia Travel Tips