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Thursday, 13 February, 2020, 15 : 39 PM [IST]

Vietjet to explore code share partnerships with Indian LCCs

Vietjet is poised to expand its operations to India from May this year, the airline has started negotiations for code share partnerships with Indian LCCs to feed its Mumbai and Delhi operations. As per airline sources, the senior management of both Vietjet and Indigo had initial discussions on code share partnerships yesterday in Delhi.  

Vietjet officially announced its opening of sales for three new direct routes connecting New Delhi and Mumbai, with Vietnam’s three largest hubs of Da Nang, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City starting mid-May. Starting May 14, 2020, the New Delhi - Da Nang route will commence operations with a frequency of five flights per week. New routes connecting Mumbai with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City will operate with three weekly flights and four weekly flights from May 15, 2020 and May 16, 2020 respectively.

Vietjet has started India operations in December last year with flights between New Delhi and Ho Chi Minh City (4 weekly), and New Delhi and Hanoi (3 weekly) flights. “The load factors have been healthy, around 83% for our Delhi operations,” said Jay Lingeswara, Director-Commercial, Vietjet. He said that they are hoping to further increase the load factors as they establish with more frequencies. ‘India is a key priority market for us and we see big potential for trade and tourism to grow between the two destinations,’ he said.

The official said that the airline believes in digital transformation and use latest Airbus 321 neo fleet which helps them operate with optimum fuel efficiencies. They try to transfer these savings to passengers with affordable ticket pricing, he said.  He said that Vietjet offers excellent connection to other destinations in SE Asia like Bali at an affordable rate.

When asked about the China operations in the wake of the novel Coronavirus epidemic, Do Xuan Quang, Vice President – Business Development, Vietjet said that as a responsible airline they have brought back 140,000 passengers to Vietnam between January 22nd and January 31, before stopping all operations to China from February 1. “We follow all IATA and government regulations with regard to passenger safety,” he said.

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