As it looks to expand its network for customers in Southeast Asia, US-based Delta Airlines is expanding their codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines following the upgrade of Vietnam’s upgraded rating by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to Category 1 earlier this year.

The two carriers will review their operations this month, paving the way for Delta to offer codeshare flights from Tokyo to Hanoi starting October 2019. This will expand the two airlines’ existing agreement formed in 2010 which let Vietnam Airlines sell onward connections to the US from Tokyo-Narita and Frankfurt.

The upgrade into a two-way partnership allows passengers to book a codeshare flight and fulfill flight formalities only once for their entire journey through either Vietnam Airlines or Delta Air Lines, thereby facilitating their visits to popular destinations in both countries,” says Vietnam Airlines.

On the Tokyo-Hanoi route, Vietnam Airlines currently operates 2 flights between Tokyo and Hanoi, with 1 departure each from Haneda and Narita. Delta will shift its Tokyo-based operations to Haneda by March 2020, and travelers could connect to the daily Haneda-Hanoi flight. Delta currently operates flights from Haneda to Minneapolis and Los Angeles, and by next year flights to Atlanta, Detroit, Honolulu, Portland, and Seattle will be moved from Narita to Haneda.

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