Russian flag-carrier Aeroflot has kicked off a new codeshare partnership with Vietnam Airlines.
The accord between the two companies will cover both domestic and international programs in Russia and Vietnam and will allow passengers to have an enhanced connectivity between several destinations in both countries, Breaking Travel News reported.
The Aeroflot-Vietnam Airlines agreement will also serve as a bond for stronger commercial ties between the nations.
The code share agreement came after the two flag carriers signed a memorandum last year, and the announcement by Vietnam Airlines that the company will shift operations to Sheremetyevo Airport in July 2019.
“The commencement of our partnership with Aeroflot allows us to unleash the combined power of our networks and boost our presence in the region. It offers travellers greater choice and flexibility when planning their trips,” executive vice president of Vietnam Airlines Le Hong Ha said in a statement.
Vietnam Airlines offers three direct Moscow–Hanoi flights per week, operated on state-of-the-art Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft.
Aeroflot operates nine flights per week on routes between Moscow and Vietnam with a daily flight to Hanoi and a twice-weekly service to Ho Chi Minh City.
Twenty-five years since its first flight, the Vietnamese carrier has transported more than 1.6 million passengers between Vietnam and Russia.
In 2018, Russia was ranked as the sixth largest source of international visitors to Vietnam with the number of arrivals predicted to increase to one million by 2020.