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Vietnam, US airlines to conduct code-share flights

From early 2006, Vietnam Airlines and American Airlines will begin code-sharing flights on routes linking the two countries and to Japan and Europe.

Under an agreement signed by the two airlines in Washington DC Monday, the Vietnamese national flag carrier will use its "VN" trademark on American Airlines flights from the US to Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, Paris, France and Frankfurt, Germany.

The two airlines will also share codes on their flights from the US to Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City.

Similar benefits will come to American Airlines to promote its AA trademark even further in Vietnam.

Vietnam Airlines Representative in North America Mai Quoc Tuan told Vietnam News Agency that the agreement, which enables the VN to tap 25 destinations in the US, is an important step on market survey and technical preparation for his agency to launch direct flights between the two countries soon.

Vietnam Airlines set up its US respresentative office in December 2001 and has so far expanded its sales network across the US. With the agreement, the airlines expects to attract 5,000 more US passengers, reaching 40,000 by 2006.

For its part, American Airlines the world’s largest airline considers the deal with Vietnam Airlines as a good opportunity to have a firm footstep in "one of the most important Asian markets for civil aviation," said to AA senior Vice President of Planning Henry Joiner.

American Airlines is the first US airline to conduct joint operations with Vietnam.

(Source: VNA)

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