Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) today welcomed Vietnam Airlines as the newest member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. With Vietnam’s entrance, Delta customers immediately gain the ability to earn and redeem SkyMiles on the airline’s flights, as well as access to its airport lounges in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
“SkyTeam continues to improve Delta customers’ access to some of the globe’s most important commercial and tourism destinations,” said Delta CEO Richard Anderson. “The addition of Vietnam’s leading airline to SkyTeam positions our alliance as the fastest growing in Asia and builds on the planned addition of China Eastern Airlines.”
Korean Air and China Southern Airlines also are long-standing Asian-based members of the alliance.
Beginning in mid-July, Vietnam Airlines will offer codeshare service via Delta’s Tokyo-Narita hub allowing passengers to purchase a single Vietnam Airlines ticket to and from the United States. Delta operates 27 peak-day departures to 22 nonstop destinations from Tokyo-Narita, including nonstop flights to 10 U.S. cities – Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Seattle.
By the end of this year, Delta passengers will have the ability to connect on a single codeshare ticket from cities throughout Delta’s network to Vietnam. Over time, SkyTeam’s addition of Vietnam Airlines will introduce 20 new destinations not offered by any alliance member today. Vietnam Airlines currently serves the SkyTeam hubs in Beijing, Guangzhou, Paris, Seoul and Tokyo.