In a ceremony held in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance on June 10.

In a ceremony held in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines officially joined the SkyTeam global airline alliance on June 10.

SkyTeam is increasing its focus on Asia as a whole, and says that by welcoming its first member in Southeast Asia, the alliance significantly strengthens its network reach in the region.


Joining SkyTeam will give Vietnam Airlines’ passengers access to a global network covering more than 850 destinations in 169 countries. Vietnam Airlines itself brings 20 new destinations to the SkyTeam network.

Members of Vietnam Airlines’ Golden Lotus Plus frequent flyer program can earn and redeem frequent flyer miles when traveling on flights of all other SkyTeam member airlines, and customers from the other SkyTeam frequent flyer programs can achieve the same when flying Vietnam Airlines.

As part of the joining ceremony, attended by Vietnam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, senior government officials and representatives from SkyTeam member airlines, Vietnam Airlines unveiled its first aircraft in SkyTeam livery to commemorate its membership in the alliance.

The mainstay of rapidly Growing Vietnam Airlines' long-haul fleet is the Boeing 777-200ER, of which the carrier operates 10, along with eight Airbus A330-200s and one A330-300. However, Vietnam Airlines has 16 Boeing 787s, four Airbus A380s and 12 A350-900s on order to fulfil its future long-haul expansion needs. The airline also operates 30 A320-family aircraft (with 30 more A321s on order), along with two Fokker 70s and 13 ATR 72 turboprops

“The joining today reaffirms Vietnam Airlines’ position as a major carrier in the Southeast Asian region as well as a strategic partner of SkyTeam,” says Dr. Pham Ngoc Minh, president and CEO of Vietnam Airlines. “Our cooperation will help further develop SkyTeam and its member airlines, generating valuable benefits for our passengers and making greater contributions to the international economic integration of Vietnam.”

“Apart from adding new destinations to our SkyTeam Round the World Pass, Vietnam Airlines enriches the opportunities of our Asia Pass, enabling customers to travel through Asia on a single ticket in a more economical way,” says Marie-Joseph Male, SkyTeam’s managing director. “Furthermore, Vietnam Airlines will be included in all our global deals we offer our corporate clients. Our newest member will also be part of SkyTeam Global Meetings, our service providing event organizers with helpful planning tools to bring people together from all over the world.”

SkyTeam says that during the last 14 months Vietnam Airlines has worked intensively to fulfill the alliances’ membership requirements, ranging from customer service elements such as the recognition of frequent flyer programs, lounge access and priority baggage handling, to establishing codeshare agreements with SkyTeam members. After Vietnam Airlines successfully passed the required audit in May, the SkyTeam Governing Board officially approved the membership.

As the national flag carrier of Vietnam, headquartered in Hanoi, Vietnam Airlines flies 75 routes to 20 domestic and 26 international destinations with more than 290 daily flights. The carrier operates a young lfeet of more than 70 aircraft, including Boeing 777-200ERs, Airbus A330s, A321s and A320s, Fokker 70s and ATR 72 turboprops. Currently holding orders or commitments for 30 more A321s, 16 Boeing 787s, four A80 super-jumbos and 12 A350-900 XWBs, the airline expects to expand its fleet to 115 aircraft by 2015 and 165 aircraft by 2020. For more information on Vitnam Airlines, go to www.vietnamairlines.com.

This is the official 10th-anniversary logo of the Skyteam Alliance, which was established in June 2000

SkyTeam member airlines offer customers more than 415 lounges worldwide. Its 10 members are Aeroflot, Aeromexico, Air France, Alitalia, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Korean Air and Vietnam Airlines. Additionally, SkyTeam has two associate airlines, Spain’s Air Europa and Kenya Airways.

The alliance offers its 393 million annual passengers a worldwide system of more than 13,000 daily flights to 884 destinations in 169 countries. SkyTeam celebrates its 10th anniversary in June 2010. or more information, visit www.skyteam.com.