A preliminary agreement has been signed confirming Vietnam Airlines’ first step towards full membership into the SkyTeam alliance in 2010.
“Vietnam Airlines will enhance SkyTeam’s network in Southeast Asia, adding a number of new destinations throughout the region,” said Mr. Dominique Patry, SkyTeam Steering Committee Chairman. “Given its existing service to five alliance hubs and its broad international network, Vietnam Airlines is a strategic partner for the alliance.”
Vietnam Airlines operates 64 routes to 20 domestic and 24 international destinations with a fleet of 50 modern aircraft, serving more than nine million passengers annually to popular cities, including Beijing, Guangzhou, Melbourne, Moscow, Paris, Seoul, Sydney and Tokyo. Vietnam Airlines will add 17 unique destinations to the SkyTeam network, including 14 cities in Vietnam. In 2006, Vietnam Airlines was officially accepted as a full member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
SkyTeam is the global airline alliance partnering ten members, including Aeroflot, Aeroméxico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Continental Airlines, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Korean Air, and three Associate Airlines: Air Europa, Copa Airlines (Panama) and Kenya Airways. Vietnam Airways’ membership is pending fulfilment of the alliance’s membership requirements.