Monday 7 April 2008: Virgin Blue and Vietnam Airlines have announced a comprehensive interline agreement which will provide international travellers with seamless connections from Melbourne and Sydney to Vietnam and beyond as well as to 22 Australian cities via Virgin Blue’s domestic network.
The agreement offers a range of benefits for travellers including full baggage check through from point of origin to port of destination. No collecting and re-checking baggage and convenient transfer of Guests from domestic to international airports in Australia.
Virgin Blue Chief Executive, Brett Godfrey, said, “This agreement with Vietnam Airlines brings the number of Virgin Blue code-share and interline agreements to ten. It’s a significant new association as it means Virgin Blue Guests will now have the option of convenient travel to one of Asia’s most interesting and popular destinations. We are pleased to be partnering with a reputable carrier such as Vietnam Airlines, to offer more choice for leisure and business travellers.
Mr Phong Quang Nguyen, Vietnam Airlines General Manager Australia and New Zealand, said, “We are pleased to be an interline partner of the fast-growing Virgin Blue Group of Airlines and we strongly believe that such a partnership will help create increased links between the two countries as well as enhance the travel experience for our passengers”.
The new interline partnership means Virgin Blue Guests who book international travel with Vietnam Airlines can travel from anywhere on Virgin Blue’s domestic network via Melbourne or Sydney to any of Vietnam Airlines 41 international and 18 Domestic destinations.
Vietnam Airlines offers daily non-stop flights from Australia to Vietnam, four times per week from Sydney and three times from Melbourne with a young fleet of Boeing 777’s. Passengers flying Vietnam Airlines via Vietnam to North Asian or European cities can enjoy free and attractive stopover packages in Vietnam.
Multi award winning airline Virgin Blue and international carriers Pacific Blue and Polynesian Blue currently operate a fleet of 63 modern Boeing 737 and Embraer E-Jet aircraft flying to 24 Australian and eight international destinations including New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu and the Cook Islands. Visit www.virginblue.com.au for more information.
Vietnam Airlines is the national airline of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Currently Vietnam Airlines offers flights to 41 International destinations in the Asia, Europe & Australia region and 18 cities inside Vietnam. Visit www.vietnamair.com.vn.