Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen cooperation between the two airlines and facilitate expansion by both parties.
Both flagship airlines have set out their aims to cooperate more closely together in the areas of codeshare partnerships, services, MRO (maintenance, repair, and overhaul) and cargo. Codeshare partnerships will be mutually beneficial to Garuda and Vietnam Airlines, implemented in the airlines’ routes through Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Singapore, Jakarta and Bali.
During a recent visit to Indonesia, President and CEO of Vietnam Airlines, Duong Tri Thanh, stated that “since 2006, Vietnam Airlines and Garuda Indonesia have effectively cooperated with tangible results. This MOU takes our cooperation further in the direction of a solid and mutually beneficial partnership, helping both airlines achieve the vast potential of the market.
“With our long-time partner Garuda Indonesia, we hope to see more passengers travelling between Vietnam and Indonesia, and our customers can benefit from more flight options as well as excellent international service quality from Asia’s two leading airlines.”
Pahala Mansury from Garuda Indonesia also added: “We are pleased to announce this partnership with Vietnam Airlines which extends our network even further within Southeast Asia. Vietnam is an important market for Indonesia and through this partnership we can offer increased travel options for the increasing number of passengers travelling between the two countries.
The agreement is expected to boost trade and tourism activities by making Indonesia significantly more accessible for Vietnam visitors.