According to the agreement, in the initial stage, Japan Airlines and Vietjet will jointly operate code-share flights for all flight services between Vietnam and Japan as well as JAL’s domestic flights, and Vietjet’s domestic flights, as well as flights between Vietnam and the other Asian countries.
The two sides also operate in many other fields including a frequent flier partnership, aircraft operations and maintenance as well as ground handling services and training.
At the signing ceremony, Tadashi Fujita, JAL Executive Vice President said: “Japan Airline has currently operated direct flights from Tokyo (Narita Airport) to Ho Chi Minh City, Hanoi and from Tokyo (Haneda airport) to Ho Chi Minh City."
He said that the demand for travel between Vietnam and Japan is growing rapidly; therefore, the two airlines have discussed plans to expand the network to meet the travel needs of people between Japan and Vietnam as well as other destinations in Asia.
Fujita expects the cooperation with Vietjet will help increase the number of passengers and goods transported between the two countries, opening up trade opportunities on the global airline network of the two sides.
Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of Vietjet, said that Japan is the key market in Vietjet’s plan of expanding its network throughout the Asia-Pacific region. The cooperation with Japan Airline will help Vietjet diversify its air transportation products and the market segment.
Khanh said that in the plan to expand Vietjet’s airline network, it is expected the airline will open direct flights from Vietnam to Japan in 2018, after purchsing more new aircraft.