Vietnam Airlines Becomes First Southeast Asian Skyteam Member

Vietnam Airlines has officially joined the Skyteam airline alliance as its first Southeast Asian member. The country’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and senior government officials joined Vietnam Airlines executives and representatives from Skyteam member airlines at an official ceremony held in Hanoi, where the airline unveiled an Airbus A330 jet painted in the alliance’s livery to commemorate its membership.


Passengers of Vietnam Airlines can now enjoy convenient and seamless service, as well as earn and redeem frequent flyer miles and other benefits when travelling on flights operated by Skyteam’s member airlines. Similarly, passengers of the other Skyteam frequent flyer programs will be able to achieve these benefits when they fly on Vietnam Airlines. The airline’s entry comes on the back of an increased focus on Asia by Skyteam and adds 20 new destinations to its global network covering 884 destinations in 169 countries.


Skyteam currently enjoys a strong presence in the region through its members Delta Airlines (which maintains a large hub in Tokyo), Korean Air and China Southern Airlines. With the addition of Vietnam Airlines, there are now 10 full and 2 associate member airlines in the Skyteam alliance, with Romania’s Tarom and China Eastern Airlines due to join later this month and in mid-2011 respectively. 


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